Reconceptualising Authenticity for English as a Global Language by Richard Pinner is a timely volume for both researchers and practitioners of the English language to reconsider the concept of authenticity from the perspective of English as a global language. The traditional definition of authenticity, as Pinner argues, is rather restricted by a reductionist perspective that oversimplifies the different contexts and needs of students for language learning. Pinner laments that research into authenticity is rather limited and sees the necessity to examine this concept in detail because authenticity ‘relates to individuals and their positions within society’ (p. 2). He argues that authenticity is a multi-dimensional concept that should be viewed from chaos/complexity theory and understood ‘by examining it from social, individual and contextual dimensions, in relation to actual people’ (p. 4).

Pinner considers the concept of authenticity in detail...

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