ERIC Number: ED488746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Modern Languages: Learning and Teaching in an Intercultural Field
Phipps, Alison; Gonzalez, Mike
SAGE Publications (UK)
This book exudes life and hope. It shows a future where languages can thrive because they are an integral and indispensable part of what it means to be human. It is an exhilarating prospect to help to bring that future closer. This book is written during a time of upheaval and crisis in the field of modern languages and in the context of hi of writing, thinking and reading in a time of uncertainty. The speed of change and sheer pace of development of the crisis in modern languages and in higher education makes any attempt to capture the nature of the status quo impossible. This book is, then, an attempt to work with the uncertainties and radical unknowability that characterise the fragmenting field of modern languages. The context is the same for learners and teachers alike. This book is a critical resource for modern language teachers in higher education. Its central premises build out from cornerstone concepts of languaging and intercultural being. The argument of this book is that languages are a social justice issue. Languages, skilfully embodied and enacted, are part of the richness of human being. Languages are not skills or competences. It also argues that the concepts that have served in the past will do no longer. Fresh thinking is required to enable to move out of the binary impasses of languages versus culture, literature versus language, language elitism versus language populism, structural versus communicative approaches. This book is organized in the following sections: (1) The Politics of Languages; (2) Signs of Belonging; (3) Culture in Pieces; (4) Culture and Beyond; (5) Lanaguaging Matters; (6) Languaging in Time and Place; (7) Being There; (8) Resonant Reading; (9) Living in Translated Worlds; and (10) Being Intercultural. An index is also included.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Educational Change, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Politics, Translation, Modern Languages, Justice, Language Teachers, Intercultural Communication
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