ERIC Number: EJ800740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Bridging Canadian Adult Second Language Education and Essential Skills Policies: Approach with Caution
Gibb, Tara L.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v58 n4 p318-334 2008
Employing critical discourse analysis (CDA), this paper examines the attempt to bridge a Canadian adult second language policy with an employment skills policy. The result is a third policy intended to improve language education and employment skills training for immigrants. The analysis reveals that the knowledge economy and human capital theory are the predominant discourses embedded in the policy documents. The paper argues that predominant discourses perpetuate power imbalances and essentialize worker and migrant subjectivities. Engaging in postcolonial theories of second language learning, the paper proposes another way of conceiving adult second language learning and its potential for policy development.
Descriptors: Human Capital, Language Planning, Second Language Learning, Discourse Analysis, Immigrants, Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Educational Policy, Employment Potential, Education Work Relationship, Economic Development, Knowledge Level, Job Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada