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Illegitimate Practices : Global English Language Education - Jacqueline Widin

Illegitimate Practices

Global English Language Education

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Published: 6th August 2010
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ELT education, as a commodity, takes many forms in countries all over the world. This book focuses on a particular form of commodification, international English language education projects, and questions how the benefits of these projects are distributed. The critical issues of language rights and linguistic diversity are pivotal in the book's examination of domination and subordination in international language education projects. The author's description of the role and teaching of English is based on her experience of working in ELT aid and development and fee-based projects, and through it she unmasks the interests and intentions of aid and fee-based language education projects. The two case studies that form the basis of this book recount a version of ELT marketing and project implementation that will resonate with experiences of aid recipients and university-led private sector fee-payers in many different ELT contexts.

From 'green revolutions' to 'free-market' reforms, the history of international development schemes has been marked by dubious goals and failed potential, most consistently through the privileging of donor interests over local needs and conditions. Widin's insightful study of two off-shore English language education projects suggests that little has changed as universities and governments in English-dominant countries exploit this growing commodity through the provision and monopolisation of field expertise. Theoretically engaging and richly detailed, Widin's provocative book is a must-read for all language professionals, and indeed all of us wary of the internationalisation bandwagon now current in education. -- Brian Morgan, Glendon College/York University, Canada

Chapter 1 Setting the scene: the international context of English language education Chapter 2 Naming the Game: Positions and Interest in the IELEP field Chapter 3 Struggles in the game of the IELEP Chapter 4 Practices in the project field: ELT and project work Chapter 5 Talk in the field: the 'English only' IELEP Chapter 6 Cultural practices: the project field Chapter 7 The IELEP: an illegitimate field

ISBN: 9781847693075
ISBN-10: 1847693075
Series: Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 6th August 2010
Publisher: Channel View Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.42