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ERIC Number: EJ918000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
Politics without Pedagogy: Questioning Linguistic Exclusion
Rivers, Damian J.
ELT Journal, v65 n2 p103-113 Apr 2011
On the premise that the learning of a second or foreign language should contribute to, rather than subtract from, the cultural and linguistic resources which a learner already possesses, this paper documents an individual teacher's pedagogically centred challenge to a politically driven and potentially exclusive English-only language policy within the context of a Japanese university. A small group of Japanese English language learners took part in the project and data were gathered from a series of semi-structured conversation diaries, as well as through learner responses to two in-class activities which sought to promote a reflective analysis of individual language use behaviours. The two in-class activities were designed with the intention of assisting students to be able to make more self-directed language choices and to develop a heightened awareness and understanding of why the strategic use of the L1 may at times be beneficial to their second or foreign language learning ambitions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan