The global spread of English has resulted in varieties of English in different sociolinguistic and sociocultural contexts. The emergence of varieties of English in diverse settings has raised the issue of whether to adopt a single standard English for all English contexts or to recognize a variety of standards. This paper aims to investigate the issue of standards in teaching English as an international language. While the native standard English is advocated as the model in the expanding circle, it is argued that raising the students’ awareness of varieties of English should also be recognized in EIL pedagogy. The issue of standards is furthermore discussed in relation to the concept of competence in English as an international language pedagogy.