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ERIC Number: EJ823417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8477
Language Education, Identities and Citizenship: Developing Cosmopolitan Perspectives
Starkey, Hugh
Language and Intercultural Communication, v7 n1 p56-71 Feb 2007
This paper argues that there is often tension between language learning policies that promote intercultural communication and persistent traditions of language teaching that identify languages with national cultures. Interviews with teachers confirm these tensions, revealing that the mindset of teachers may privilege a bicultural nationalist paradigm. Even where teachers have a clear commitment to intercultural perspectives, the implications of this may not be in tune with the teaching materials they find. The paper suggests that a dialogue with teachers of citizenship and multicultural education could help to provide a clearer perspective. In particular the concept of cosmopolitan citizenship, linking the local, the national and the global, may help teachers to progress from dominant nationalist paradigms. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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