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ERIC Number: EJ825625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Australia's Linguistic Culture and Its Impact on Languages Education
Crozet, Chantal
Babel, v42 n3 p19-24, 38-39 Apr 2008
This article examines, from a broad historical perspective, how Australia's negative "linguistic culture" has shaped languages education in our country. Language teachers' pre- and inservice training does not often address this topic. Yet to be able to anchor one's profession within a historical, sociocultural, and political perspective, especially for overseas-born teachers who may have little previous knowledge of Australia's past, a knowledge of Australia's linguistic culture is useful to sustain motivation in often adverse language-teaching environments. It helps to understand, view, and value the challenges of languages and cultures education in Australia as an ongoing social, cultural, and political act with a long-term impact reaching far beyond school walls.
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia