English Learners’ Attitudes toward English as an International Language: A Qualitative Inquiry

Muhammad Rahimi*, Maryam Pakzadian **
*School of Foreign Languages, Qilu University of Technology (Shandong Academy of Sciences), Jinan, China.
**Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.
Periodicity:October - December'2019
DOI : https://doi.org/10.26634/jelt.9.4.16107


This article reports on a qualitative study that investigated English learners' attitudes toward English as an International Language (EIL). Four major findings were identified in the current study. First, majority of the participants thought that English belongs to all its users, regardless of being its native speakers or not. Second, lack of knowledge of Outer Circle varieties led the students to stick to the two major Inner Circle varieties of English—American and British Englishes as standard norms. Third, majority of participants embraced localisation of English and considered it as a manifestation of local cultures. Furthermore, the learners admitted that their local government has attached great value to learning English, but they were concerned about the utilitarian view of education, since majority of the learners focus merely on obtaining high scores on English exams. Fourth, the learners expressed their dissatisfaction with the imbalanced contemporary English teaching and stated that developing communication competence should be the main goal of English instruction. Therefore, the authors suggest that effective measures be taken at policy making, materials development and pedagogy levels to promote the legitimacy of all varieties of English and meet the needs of today's English learners.


Attitudes, EIL, English Learners' Attitudes, Standard English, World Englishes.

How to Cite this Article?

Rahimi, M., & Pakzadian, M. (2019). English Learners' Attitudes toward English as an International Language: A Qualitative Inquiry. i-manager’s Journal on English Language Teaching, 9(4), 28-40. https://doi.org/10.26634/jelt.9.4.16107


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