The aim of this symposium is to map out the pedagogical implications of the global spread and diversity of pluricentric languages, to exchange existing approaches to the teaching of such languages, and to discuss innovative approaches that take account of their linguistic diversity and variability. The following central questions will be addressed:

  • How can future foreign language teachers be prepared for the pedagogical implications of the variability of pluricentric languages?
  • How can the diversity of pluricentric languages be adequately addressed in language teaching with a view to existing curricula?

This event was organised and held in the context of the research and teaching project “Varieties of English in Foreign Language Teacher Education – Digital” for future teachers of English at the University of Bremen. The project addresses some core issues to do with the global spread and diversification of the English language for teacher education and English language teaching at the interface of English linguistics, language education and teaching practice.  It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the context of the Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung.