Toward a Decolonizing Framework for Equity-Oriented English Language Teacher Education

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In this article I critically review the current literature on English language teaching (elt), (neo)colonialism, and empire to advance a decolonizing framework for equity-oriented English language teacher education (elte). This framework first argues that teachers should be supported to understand and confront linguistic imperialism of the English empire to promote plurilingual approaches to elt while developing students' critical awareness of power. Second, it contends that instead of asking elt professionals to apply Western centered pedagogies that are often ill-suited to their local instructional realities, they should be supported to develop their own praxis. Third, it calls for disrupting epistemological racism to reclaim local knowledge. Lastly, it emphasizes the need to unsettle colonial ontology of white supremacy and native-speakerism that render teachers of color and nonnative English speakers (nnes) as perpetual Others. The article concludes with a call for action to prepare language teachers to disrupt racism, (neo)colonialism, and inequality through their praxis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-347
Number of pages22
JournalBeijing International Review of Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • (neo)colonialism
  • English language teaching
  • decolonizing
  • equity-oriented English language teacher education
  • native-speakerism
  • racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Philosophy


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