Contextualising teaching EIL in the Expanding Circle-East Asian region: A comparative analysis of junior secondary English textbooks in Taiwan and Japan

Fang Yin YEH

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Abstract

This comparative study examines how English as an international language (EIL) is framed in two Expanding Circle-East Asian (ECEA) educational contextsTaiwan and Japan). It employs the paradigmatic lens of EIL and ‘official knowledge’ as conceptual tools to interpret knowledge, culture, and belief represented in English textbooks. Four series of junior secondary English textbooks in Taiwan and Japan were examined through qualitative content analysis. Findings were discussed in terms of, firstly, different EIL planning mentalities of the international and intercultural contents; secondly, (un)institutionalised EIL within the curriculum policy contexts; thirdly, the assertion of national identities in school English textbooks. The discussion contributed to understanding how teaching EIL in schools in the ECEA region was conditioned by the national curriculum traditions. In addition to expanding the theoretical aspects of EIL studies in school education in East Asia, the study provides suggestions for developing the EIL curriculum in a local-sensitive way. Copyright © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAsian Englishes
Early online dateJun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2022

Citation

Yeh, F.-Y. (2022). Contextualising teaching EIL in the Expanding Circle-East Asian region: A comparative analysis of junior secondary English textbooks in Taiwan and Japan. Asian Englishes. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13488678.2022.2081899

Keywords

  • Teaching English as an international language
  • Expanding Circle-East Asia
  • Junior secondary English textbook
  • National curriculum
  • English langauge education in East Asia

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