Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies ›› 2023, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (6): 108-117.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.06.011

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Brian Tomlinson's Principles in Developing Materials for Language Teaching from an ELF Perspective: A Comprehensive Review and Its Implications

DONG Lianzhong1,2,3, QI Fang1,2,3, Lawrence Jun ZHANG1,2,3()   

  • Online:2023-12-28 Published:2023-12-29


This paper offers a comprehensive review of Brian Tomlinson's theoretical principles, core issues and directions in materials development for language teaching over the past 20 years from the perspective of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). It critically examines textbook development principles and multiple core issues relating to English textbook development in five aspects with reference to Chinese researchers' empirical findings and reflections in ELF. This is done with a view of compiling English syllabi in China for constructing ELF materials for language teaching. The review aims to raise awareness of the need to further disseminate national cultures and Chinese values in English syllabi and textbook development, to focus on core issues in textbook development with Chinese characteristics, and to expand foreign language education in serving the implementation of the “Belt and Road” initiative.

Key words: materials development for ELF learners, ESP materials, pragmatic awareness, local cultural awareness

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