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Baker, Will – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2008
With the increasingly significant role that English language teaching (ELT) is playing in Asian contexts, it is important to gain a better understanding of the use of English as a medium of intercultural communication in Asia. In doing so, ELT practices may be better able to adapt themselves to the intercultural communicative needs of local…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Language Teachers
Fen, Wong Soon – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2005
This paper provides an overview of the development of English in Myanmar. It begins by tracing the changing role and status of English and Myanmar from the colonial period, which has had an impact on the current education structure. The paper outlines the structure of the education system and the recent reforms that reflect the rising importance…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Educational Policy, Educational Change
Honna, Nobuyuki; Takeshita, Yuko – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2005
This paper describes Japan's most recent attempts to improve English teaching and learning at all levels of the education system both for students and teachers as well as for the public in general. Based on policy recommendations by several advisory committees, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, Strategic Planning, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
Foo, Bernadette; Richards, Cynthia – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2004
This article seeks to lay out the use and importance of English in Malaysia from the time when the British ruled what was then Malaya to the present moment. When the British came to colonize the country, they brought with them their culture, their language and their beliefs. They introduced the English language as the medium of instruction in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), English Instruction, English for Academic Purposes