The Role of English Language Teaching (ELT) Professionals in the Internationalization of Higher Education: Current Challenges and Strategies to Resist Complicities with Colonialism


  • Fabiola P. Ehlers-Zavala Colorado State University


colonialism, decolonization, empire, English language teaching, globalization, internationalization


English language teaching (ELT) professional are integral to internationalization and globalization processes universities around the world are pursuing. In doing so, ELT professionals have become complicit with issues that relate to colonialism and imperialism. These issues continue to have a detrimental effect on our societies, keeping the world from becoming a more socially just world. This contribution highlights and discusses some of the complicities of the field of applied linguistics and the ELT profession. It discusses challenges, and it presents strategies to resist complicities with the Empire.


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Ehlers-Zavala, F. P. (2023). The Role of English Language Teaching (ELT) Professionals in the Internationalization of Higher Education: Current Challenges and Strategies to Resist Complicities with Colonialism. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 15(5), 97–110. Retrieved from



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