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ERIC Number: EJ827367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Words, Slogans, & Meanings: And the Role of Teachers in Languages Education
Scarino, Angela
Babel, v42 n1 p4-11,38 Jun 2007
Drawing on two major developments in languages education, namely communicative language teaching and frameworks of outcomes and standards, this address presents a reflection on "words" as the most basic resource of language teachers, and the way in which they are always open to interpretation and reinterpretation over time. With both developments, the focus has been on seeking to institute educational changes without considering the process of interpretation and the interpretive frames of reference that teachers bring to their work. This approach to development fails to address not only the central role of teachers as interpreters and makers of their own meanings that guide their actions, but also the ongoing intellectual project of developing understanding in and through education.
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; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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