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New Trends in English Language Teaching

Dr. Phyllis Chew,

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

This paper presents the viewpoint that new trends in language teaching can only be understood not just within the micro-context of the classroom but also through a macro perspective which involves the socio-linguistic vision of particular nations as well as the globalization and technological inter-connectedness of the world.  The role of English as a lingua franca against the backdrop of emerging world orders will be addressed.  More specifically, new trends in language teaching will be discussed through language’ three main roles, that is, functional, aspirational and ethical. New trends are mainly concerned with cultivating empathetic listeners; with making readers discerning and enquirers creative; through differentiated instruction, and responsive assessments. New trends in language teaching embraces the inculcation of metacognition, multi-literacy and enquiry through dialogue in language materials. What classroom teaching strategies are especially relevant in particular contexts?  What curriculum content should be included?  How do language teachers adapt to disruptive technologies and the “new normal”?

The above abstract is a part of the article which was accepted at The Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics (WWW.LLLD.IR), 31 January-1February 2019 , Iran-Ahwaz.