English language teaching in New Zealand: Against all odds?
Johnson, D. (2015). English language teaching in New Zealand: Against all odds? In L. T. Wong & A. Dubey-Jhaveri (Eds.), English Language Education in a Global World: Practices, Issues and Challenges (pp. 273–284). New York, United States: Nova Publishers.
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English language teaching (ELT) is a multi-billion dollar sector of the New Zealand education system. This system, in spite of a high level of international respect, has been ambivalent to the teaching and learning of additional languages. EL T is viewed by many who are not centrally involved in the sector as an educational revenue stream, a perspective which, nationally, has important implications for the provision of quality programmes for international students. Add to this mix, the lack of a national languages policy, a rapidly changing ethnic profile and the delicate politics surrounding the revitalisation of a fragile indigenous language and the situation becomes one which is extremely complex to navigate. However, in spite of a number of potential barriers, the ELT sector is thriving but there are clearly a number of issues and challenges which will need to be fully addressed if the sector is to continue to flourish and grow in the future.
This is an author’s accepted version of an article published in the book: English Language Education in a Global World: Practices, Issues and Challenges. Copyright © 2015 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Used with permission.