Building English Language Competencies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
In this seminar, Professor Andy Kirkpatrick will discuss critical aspects of English language instruction across ASEAN.
The seminar will begin with the introduction of the newly formed Australia-ASEAN Education dialogue and outline its aims, one of which is the building of English language competence throughout the region.
Professor Andy Kirkpatrick will then move on to briefly review the background and roles of English in ASEAN and discuss the issues and challenges associated with the role of English as the sole working language of ASEAN and its place in the school curriculum. The issues discussed will include:
- when English should be introduced into the curriculum
- whether it should be introduced as a disciplinary subject or as a medium of instruction
- how English should complement local languages
- which English should be taught
The talk will also briefly consider the issues associated with the increasing use of ‘English as a medium of instruction’ programmes in higher education across the region. It will then analyse the issues and challenges associated with the qualifications and proficiencies required by English teachers and the critical role of assessment.
The final section of the seminar will present some proposals for English language teaching in ASEAN.