This collection originated from a conference held in Braunschweig, Germany, in June 1998 at
which participants were invited to analyze the role of English as a global language and to develop
research perspectives for its teaching and learning. Written by nonnative as well as native speakers
of English (working in English-speaking countries where English is not a native language), the
articles provide a basis for consideration of whether “the concept of English as a global
language is assessed differently by experts depending upon whether they are native or non-native
speakers of English and if so, to what extent” (Introduction).