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ERIC Number: EJ830124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0218-8791
A Malaysian Response to "The Traffic in Meaning" by Claire Kramsch
Hashim, Azirah
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v26 n1 p105-109 May 2006
In Claire Kramsch's (2004) response to work by Mary Louise Pratt (2002) on multilingualism, identity and language in the U.S., she proposed that the four points made by Pratt be extended to the following: (1) Monolingualism is a handicap, but so is the assumption that one language = one culture = adherence to one cultural community; (2) Heritage language speakers are a resource, but the meanings their language conveys are not necessarily those conveyed in their country of origin; (3) Advanced language competence is a must, but "advanced language" understood not as "language for specific purposes" or as domain-specific; rather, as the advanced ability to translate, transpose and critically reflect on social, cultural and historical meanings conveyed by the grammar and lexicon; and (4) We need linguistic pipelines, and especially a general effort to raise the level of critical language awareness in all subjects taught in schools, including foreign languages. In this article, the author comments on issues regarding language, identity and multilingualism given in Kramsch's paper by referring to the Malaysian context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia