International Perspectives on Teaching English in Difficult Circumstances

Contexts, Challenges and Possibilities

  • Kuchah Kuchah
  • Fauzia Shamim

Table of contents

  1. Policy Decisions and the Creation of Difficult Circumstances

  2. Developing Contextually Responsive Pedagogy and Materials for Teaching English in Difficult Circumstances

  3. Difficult Circumstances in Non-mainstream ELT: Contexts of Confinement, Conflict and Special Needs

  4. Approaches to Teacher Development in Difficult Circumstances

About this book


This book offers a holistic practitioner and research-based perspective on English Language Teaching and teacher education in difficult circumstances. In addition to extending the current conceptualization of ‘difficult circumstances’ in ELT to include the broader policy issues that may affect ELT in low-to-mid income countries, the book focuses on the challenges faced by practitioners and learners in contexts of confinement, conflict and special education. The chapters in this collection examine the challenges and problems that emerge from the complex current ELT environment, and present examples of contextualized inquiry-based strategies and interventions to address these challenges. Underlining the need to extend the boundaries of the discipline of ELT to include teaching-learning in less privileged contexts, this wide-ranging volume will appeal to students, scholars and practitioners of English Language Teaching.


education English language linguistics teaching teaching English teaching in difficult circumstances english language teaching english as a second language TESOL multilingualism language policy translanguaging m-learning prison education conflict-affected ELT special educational needs (SEN)

Editors and affiliations

  • Kuchah Kuchah
    • 1
  • Fauzia Shamim
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of BathBathUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.English Language CenterTaibah UniversityMadinaSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53103-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53104-9
  • Buy this book on publisher's site