English language education in Indonesia: A review of research (2011-2019)

Subhan Zein, Didi Sukyadi, Fuad Abdul Hamied, Nenden Sri Lengkanawati

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    This article reviews the significant and diverse range of research on English language education in Indonesia in the eight-year period 2011-2019. It brings together a body of research consisting of 108 sources, ranging from journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and doctorate dissertations, to inform the international research and practice community. The contributions cover primary education, secondary education and tertiary education in highly diverse Indonesia where 707 living languages co-exist and struggle to find space in its linguistic ecology. The discussion will provide insights into how factors such as educational policies, ideologies as well as sociocultural and religious values are in contestation in shaping research into and the practice of English language education in the complex, dynamic and polycentric sociolinguistic situation of Indonesia, which has been recently conceptualized as superglossia (Zein, 2020). It is hoped our insights will help inform other multilingual contexts facing the unprecedented need for transforming English language education in this increasingly globalized world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)491-523
    JournalLanguage Teaching
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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