Aya Matsuda is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English at Arizona State University. Her research interests include the use of English as an international language and the pedagogical implications of the global spread of English. Her work focusing on these issues have appeared in various books and journals including English Today, JALT Journal, TESOL Quarterly, and World Englishes She is also an editor of two books, Principles and practices of teaching English as an international language (2012) and Preparing teachers to teach English as an international language (forthcoming), published by Multilingual Matters. Matsuda currently services on the Board of Directors for TESOL International Association and is a secretary-treasure of the International Association for World Englishes.
World Englishes and (Non-) Native English Speaking Teachers: Redefining Teacher Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Insights from the World Englishes (WE) studies challenge various assumptions and practices in English language teaching. This talk explores how the WE research complicates the notion of (non)native English speakers (NESs and NNESs), and by extension, (non)native-English-speaking teachers (NESTs and NNESTs). It also suggests ways to incorporate the WE perspective into teacher preparation and hiring practices in order to de-/re-construct the notion of native speakers and facilitate the paradigm shift in the way the required knowledge, skills and experience for English language teachers are defined.