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Critical Reflection and the Foreign Language Classroom : Critical Studies in Education and Culture - Terry A. Osborn

Critical Reflection and the Foreign Language Classroom

Critical Studies in Education and Culture

By: Terry A. Osborn (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9781593113131
Number Of Pages: 160

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This book introduces pre-service and in-service foreign language teachers to the basic concepts of critical educational study as applied to the sociological position occupied by foreign language education in the United States. Although contemporary foreign language teachers typically know about second language acquisition and instructional methodology, they are not prepared to understand issues of power in relation to, for example, language variety, language status, and education. The author addresses issues such as the supposed ""failure"" of foreign language education, the educational filter role played by language classes, the concept of foreignness as seen in national standards, language curricula and textbooks, and the implications of these issues in terms of power relationships and cultural mediation both in and out of the classroom. The reader is encouraged to analyze the forms of cultural struggle which can be found within the foreign language classrooms of the United States including the likely impact those struggles have on members of the dominant and subordinate cultures. Teachers are led through the development of skills in critical reflection and pedagogical application geared to social justice.

ISBN: 9781593113131
ISBN-10: 1593113137
Series: Critical Studies in Education and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 5th September 2000
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Type: New edition