Challenges to multilingual language teaching Towards a transnational approach

Challenges to multilingual language teaching Towards a transnational approach

Michael Kelly Abstract This article examines issues involved in developing a multilingual approach to language teaching within higher education. It discusses the concepts of multilingualism and plurilingualism that are currently used, and the ways in which they are reflected in practice. It suggests that multilingual approaches must address a largely monolingual ethos in language teaching, based on long-established pedagogical priorities. It examines difficulties in developing multicultural professional identities, arising from communities of practice that are…

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English as a lingua franca in Europe: A mismatch between policy and practice

English as a lingua franca in Europe: A mismatch between policy and practice

Alessia Cogo, Jennifer Jenkins Abstract In this article, we argue that the European Union, in which English has over the past couple of decades become the de facto lingua franca, should acknowledge the usefulness of English in this role, and that instead of ignoring what is happening in practice, should build English into EU language policy. This, we believe, will mean coming to terms with the kinds of language forms and skills involved in the…

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The path and building metaphors in the speeches of Vladimir Putin: Back to the future?

The path and building metaphors in the speeches of Vladimir Putin: Back to the future?

Koteyko, N. and L. Ryazanova-Clarke (2009). The path and building metaphors in the speeches of Vladimir Putin: Back to the future? Slavonica, 15 (2), 112–127.   A critical exploration is provided of the path and building metaphors usedin the speeches of the former Russian president Vladimir Putin. We usethe concepts of ‘discourse metaphor’ and ‘frame’ in our analysis of a corpusof Putin’s speeches written and delivered between 2000 and 2007 in orderto reveal the rhetorical…

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Why critical linguistics and systemic functional linguistics?

Why critical linguistics and systemic functional linguistics?

Listen to Roger Fowler! ‘…The prevailing orthodoxy of linguistics is that it is a descriptive discipline which has no business passing comments on materials which it analyses; neither prescribingusage nor negatively evaluating the substance of its enquiries. But I see no reason why there should not be branches of linguistics with different goals and procedures, and since values are so thoroughly implicated in linguistic usage, it seems justifiable to practise a kind of linguistics directed…

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The Church Slavonic alphabet as the divine mystery

The Church Slavonic alphabet as the divine mystery

Religion and language in post–Soviet Russia / Brian P. Bennett.   If it is not an oxymoron, a kind of quotidian mysticism infonns ecclesiastical literature on Church Slavonic. The notion of some kind of”secret” or “mystery” hidden within the script is found frequently in catechetical materials. According to one abecedarium, the letters of the Slavonic alphabet are not mere neutral tools; rather, their names and fonns convey infonnation about the structure of the universe (Shumskikh…

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Critical Studies of Chinese Discourse

Critical Studies of Chinese Discourse

Hailong Tian (Principal investigator) Funded by China’s National Social Sciences Grant (03BYY024), completed in Sep. 2008 with grade B In an age of globalization, China is experiencing social changes —- while it is developing, it is glocalizing and recontextualizing. As a result, new social entities have kept emerging and new discourses that constitute and represent these changes also keep emerging. For example, new ways of managing in institutional organizations such as higher education, new social…

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Hidden transcript in Language and the “Arts of Resistance”

Hidden transcript in Language and the “Arts of Resistance”

Review: Language and the “Arts of Resistance” Author(s): Susan Gal Review of James Scott’s  Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts (1990), Source: Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Aug., 1995), pp. 407-424 Every subordinate group creates, out of its ordeal, a “hidden transcript” that represents a critique of power spoken behind the back of the dominant. The powerful, for their part, also develop a hidden transcript representing the practices and claims of their rule…

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Language in Late Capitalism Pride and Profit by Alexandre Duchêne and Monica Heller

Language in Late Capitalism Pride and Profit by Alexandre Duchêne and Monica Heller

First published 2012 by Routledge Contents List of Figures and Tables Acknowledgments 1 Pride and Profit: Changing Discourses of Language, Capital and Nation-State MONICA HELLER AND ALEXANDRE DUCHÊNE 2 Sociolinguistic Regimes and the Practices as Terrain of Struggle in a Swiss Football Stadium SUSAN GAL 3 Commodification of Pride and Resistance to Profit: Language Practices as Terrain of Struggle in a Swiss Football Stadium ALFONSO DEL PERCIO AND ALEXANDRE DUCHÊNE 4 “Total Quality Language Revival” JACQUELINE…

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Language Management/Labor

Language Management/Labor

Bonnie Urciuoli and Chaise LaDousa Anthropology Department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York 13323; email: burciuol@hamilton.edu, cladousa@hamilton.edu First published online as a Review in Advance on July 24, 2013 This article’s doi: 10.1146/annurev-anthro-092412-155524 Abstract How language is conceptualized as labor is a function of the economy within which profits are made and businesses are structured. Under capitalist regimes, language practices have been conceptualized as apart from labor, as part of the means of production, and as…

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Commodification of Foreign Languages in the Educational Space of Modern Russia

Commodification of Foreign Languages in the Educational Space of Modern Russia

Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences 11 (2015 8) 2596-2605 Veronica A. Razumovskaya Siberian Federal University The main purpose of the article is to show in diachronic and synchronic aspects foreign languages teaching and learning within the educational space of Russia. A special attention is paid to English as a foreign language (EFL), the presence of which in different educational paradigms is concerned under the concept of globanglization and commodification of educational…

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