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English in Southeast Asia

Varieties, Literacies and Literatures

Editor(s): David Prescott

Book Description

This book represents a new publishing venture in terms of its range of concerns with regard to English in Southeast Asia. The chapters in the volume reflect the interests and themes of the annual Conferences on English in Southeast Asia held since 1996 among participating universities from nine countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand Indonesia and New Zealand. This is believed to be the first time that such diversity and coverage has been published in a single volume.

The three sections of the book cover topics which have been consistently discussed at the conferences during the last ten years. The Varieties section features chapters on phonology, dictionary making, syntax, code-switching and the communicative strategies of English speakers from ASEAN countries. The Literacies section focuses on ICT in English language teaching, Information literacy, bilingual and multilingual issues in Southeast Asia, recent developments in English language teaching and education in Thailand and questions of heritage and identity with respect to English in Malaysia. In the Literatures section the concerns are with new generation writings in English in Malaysia, the literature read by young Filipinos, the use of English in Malaysian newspapers in the context of general elections, the discourses of Asian English newspapers in relation to notions like “globalisation” and “global English” and ASEAN English on Internet websites.

As a collection of work by experienced academics engaged in the issues germane to the roles and status of English in Southeast Asia this volume is an excellent resource for university students, university teaching and research staff and university library collections.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8224-1
ISBN-10: 1-84718-224-0
Date of Publication: 01/07/2007
Pages / Size: 390 / A5
Price: £39.99


David Prescott is an Associate Professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam where he teaches Applied Linguistics, English Literature and Communication. His current research work involves Information literacy, online teacher training courses and tertiary students’ information retrieval practices. He is founder member of the English in Southeast Asia Conference group and has regularly attended the conferences since their inception in 1996. In 2005 he convened the Tenth Conference on English in Southeast Asia in Brunei and was Lead Editor of the Special Volume of Selected Papers from that conference published in Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal 6, 1, 2006. He has a forthcoming Information literacy article “The Importance of Information Literacy in Enhancing Students’ Learning” in The Journal of Education, 12, 2007, Curriculum Department, Negara Brunei Darussalam.