In Search of the Way Forward: Implementing the Pedagogical Perspective of English as an International Language in Bulgaria

  • Irena Dimova Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Keywords: English pedagogy, teaching English as an international language, English language teaching in Bulgaria, teaching English at tertiary level

Abstract

This article examines current ELT in the Bulgarian cultural context and suggests a possible path it may take in the future. It highlights the characteristic features of English pedagogy in Bulgaria and identifies a monocentric approach to the English language, i.e. one which views English as monolithic and homogeneous rather than as pluralistic and diverse. The main argument is that such an approach runs counter to the current pluralistic views about the nature of English and its pedagogy, as well as to the linguistic needs of present-day Bulgarian learners of English, who are increasingly likely to use the language for communication with speakers of different world Englishes. Therefore, this contribution argues for the need to broaden the focus of traditional English pedagogy in Bulgaria so as to incorporate the linguistic, cultural and functional diversity of English. It proposes a pedagogical framework, suitable for tertiary advanced-level education, in which students pass through three stages when encountering the variability of the language (awareness-raising, experiential and analytic stage), and gives examples of specific learning activities which can be employed at each stage.

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Published
2020-11-01
How to Cite
DimovaI. (2020). In Search of the Way Forward: Implementing the Pedagogical Perspective of English as an International Language in Bulgaria. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 17(2), 179-193. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.17.2.179-193
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English Language and Literature Teaching