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ERIC Number: EJ1157551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1747-7506
Language Policy and Development Aid: A Critical Analysis of an ELT Project
Tupas, Ruanni; Tabiola, Honey
Current Issues in Language Planning, v18 n4 p407-421 2017
This paper highlights the political and ideological entanglements of language policy and English language teaching with neocolonialism, neoliberalism, and development aid. It does so by examining the explicit and implicit goals and practices of an educational development aid project in Mindanao, Philippines. The US-funded Job Enabling English Proficiency (or JEEP) project claimed to improve the standard of English in the region through the introduction of imported educational materials and classroom configurations. However, we show how English-only policy, "native-speakerism," and the use of repetition as a dominant language learning practice in the classroom are all implicated in the politics of neocolonialism in Mindanao. The paper makes a case for language policy as a lens through which the intricacies of development aid in neocolonial conditions may be tracked, critiqued, and transformed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Philippines
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