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ERIC Number: EJ789495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
"Language of the Enemy": Foreign Language Education and National Identity
Pavlenko, Aneta
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v6 n5 p313-331 2003
The focus of the present paper is on the relationship between national identities and foreign-language education policies and practices. The paper examines this relationship through a juxtaposition of three sociohistoric contexts in which sociopolitical events led to major changes in foreign-language education: post-World War I United States, post-World War II Soviet Union, and post-communist Eastern Europe. On the example of these case studies, it is argued that shifts in national identity images and sociopolitical allegiances have implications for foreign-language policies and practices. It is also argued that foreign-language learners may choose to construct oppositional identities in language classrooms: some, for patriotic reasons, may reject the languages imposed on them, while others may instead reject the dominant national identity and create an alternative one through the means of a foreign language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Europe; United States; USSR