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ERIC Number: EJ1196403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0026-7902
Educators' Target Language Varieties for Language Learners: Orientation toward 'Native' and 'Nonnative' Norms in a Minority Language Context
Ó Murchadha, Noel; Flynn, Colin J.
Modern Language Journal, v102 n4 p797-813 Win 2018
Target varieties for language learning are contentious in applied linguistics and sociolinguistics. Debates centre on the nature and utility of alternative norms. Approximation to 'native speaker' practices is the hallmark of language education. Thus, policy and pedagogy frequently orient toward achieving native-like production. While many language learning stakeholders are committed to this model, it is also contested. Opponents point to the ideological assumptions about 'native' and 'nonnative' speech inherent in the model, and to the unrealistic aims it presents to teachers and learners. While much research focuses on learner preferences, little work exists on teacher attitudes. This article aims to address this dearth in the target variety debate. By focusing on Irish as a minority language, the article supplements the literature on classroom targets for English and other major languages. A thematic analysis of interviews with Irish language pedagogues is presented and reveals their engagement with target varieties for the language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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