How WE, ELF, and EIL Affect EFL Curriculum Development

Dr. James Dean Brown
Abstract— This speech examines the assumptions that underlie traditional curriculum development practices and compares them to the ideas of World Englishes (WE), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), and English as an International Language (EIL) as they could be applied to curriculum development. The speech does so for each of the following seven questions: What should the target language and culture be? Why do people learn English? Who should be included in the curriculum development process? What other situational factors should be considered? How should the curriculum be delimited? What should the basic units of analysis be in the curriculum? And, what should be selected from among the basic units of curriculum? The speech concludes by discussing how WE, ELF, and EIL can be applied in actual curriculum development projects.
Keywords—WE, ELF, EIL, EFL, Curriculum Development.