ERIC Number: ED275157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
TESOL as a Political Act: A Moral Question.
Judd, Elliot L.
Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) is a political act, and those who are engaged in teaching English to non- or limited-English speakers are directly or indirectly implementing a language policy that promotes a form of language change in students. This means that TESOL teachers are faced with certain moral dilemmas whose solutions, if any, are complex and painful to deal with. These include the possible contribution teachers are making to the demise of certain languages or linguistic communities, the promotion of a language widely used for purposes of political, economic, and social power, especially in countries in which the teacher is not a native, and the responsibilities of training English teachers who could use the language to promote culturally and politically dangerous ideology. It is the profession's responsibility to realize that TESOL is a political act and to investigate the situation further through general examination and specific case studies focusing on particular language policy situations. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Handscombe, Jean, Ed.; And Others. On TESOL '83. The Question of Control. Selected Papers from the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Canada, March 15-20, 1983); see FL 015 035.