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Challenges for Language Education and Policy Making Space for People

    352 Pages
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    Addressing a wide range of issues in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and multilingualism,  this volume focuses on language users, the ‘people.’ Making creative connections between existing scholarship in language policy and contemporary theory and research in other social sciences, authors from around the world offer new critical perspectives for analyzing language phenomena and language theories, suggesting new meeting points among language users and language policy makers, norms, and traditions in diverse cultural, geographical, and historical contexts. 

    Identifying and expanding on previously neglected aspects of language studies, the book is inspired by the work of Elana Shohamy, whose critical view and innovative work on a broad spectrum of key topics in applied linguistics has influenced many scholars in the field to think “out of the box” and to reconsider some basic commonly held understandings, specifically with regard to the impact of language and languaging on individual language users rather than on the masses.

    Preface: Dear Elana, Bernard Spolsky

    Introduction: A Portrait of the Researcher in a Never-Ending Journey, Ofra Inbar and Michal Tannenbaum

    Chapter 1: Language Tests for Residency and Citizenship and the Conferring of Individuality, Tim McNamara, Kamran Khan, and Kellie Frost

    Chapter 2: Setting Standards for Multilingual Curricula to Teach and Test Foreign Languages, Bessie Dendrinos and Voula Gotsoulia

    Chapter 3: In the Name of the CEFR: Individuals and Standards,  Monica Barni

    Chapter 4: Acknowledging the Diversity of the Language Learner Population in Australia: Towards Context-Sensitive Language Standards, Catherine Anne Elder

    Chapter 5: Students’ Voices: The Challenge of Measuring Speaking for Academic Contexts, Lindsay Brooks and Merrill Swain

    Chapter 6: Ethical Codes and Responsibility, Alan Davies

    Chapter 7: Cultivating an Ecology of Multilingualism in Schools, Ofelia García and Kate Menken

    Chapter 8: English in Ethiopia: Making Space for the Individual in Language Policy, Elizabeth Lanza and Hirut Woldemariam

    Chapter 9: Portraits of Language Activists in Indigenous Language Revitalization, Nancy H. Hornberger

    Chapter 10: Refugees in Canada: On the Loss of Social Capital, Thomas Ricento

    Chapter 11: Linguistic Landscapes Inside Multilingual Schools, Durk Gorter and Jasone Cenoz

    Chapter 12: “We Are Not Really a Mixed City”— A De-Jure Bilingual Linguistic Landscape – The Case of Jewish-Arab Mixed Cities in Israel, Dafna Yitzhaki and Theodorus du Plessis

    Chapter 13: Hebraization in the Palestinian Language Landscape in Israel, Muhammad Amara

    Chapter 14: Hebrew in the North American Linguistic Landscape: Materializing the Sacred, Sharon Avni

    Chapter 15: Welcome: Synthetic Personalization and Commodification of Sociability in the Linguistic Landscape of Global Tourism, Adam Jaworski

    Chapter 16: A Researcher’s Auto-Socioanalysis: Making Space for the Personal, Claire Kramsch

    Chapter 17: Understanding the Holocaust: A Personal History, Critical Literacy Analysis of a Gestapo File, David I. Hanauer

    Chapter 18: Language Experience Changes Language and Cognitive Ability: Implications for Social Policy, Ellen Bialystok

    Chapter 19: Strategies for the Super-Multilingual in an Increasingly Global World, Andrew D. Cohen

    Chapter 20: Gender, Sexuality and Multilingualism in the Language Classroom, Lyn Wright Fogle and Kendall A. King

    Chapter 21: Examining Markers of Identity Construction in English Language Learning: Some Implications for Palestinian-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli Language Learners, Julia Schlam Salman, Elite Olshtain, and Zvi Bekerman

    Chapter 22: Integrational Linguistics and L2 Proficiency, James P. Lantolf

    About the Contributors


    Bernard Spolsky is Professor Emeritus of English at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

    Ofra Inbar-Lourie is head of the Teachers’ Education Unit of Tel Aviv University, School of Education, Israel.

    Michal Tannenbaum is a Senior Lecturer and the head of the Language Education Program at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

    “Valuable for specialists and general readers alike, this extraordinary collection illuminates the personal and social origins and implications of real-life language policies with a level of authority, insight, and specificity not found elsewhere. It connects language policies to the aspirations, benefits, challenges, and tensions experienced by language managers and learners around the world.”
     Mary McGroarty, Northern Arizona University, USA