English Language Pedagogies for a Northeast Asian Context: Developing and Contextually Framing the Transition Theory, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

English Language Pedagogies for a Northeast Asian Context

Developing and Contextually Framing the Transition Theory, 1st Edition

By Michael Hadzantonis


392 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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This book investigates, from a sociocultural, linguistic, and pedagogical perspective, the conceptual and pragmatic frameworks that characterize secondary language learning in a Northeast Asian context. Hadzantonis contextualizes these salient domains through an engagement with social and cultural themes such as the familial, political, as well as cultural commodities and socioeducational structures. In this way, the text employs tools such as transnational theory and performativity and develops a model that contributes to the resolution of one of the greatest economic issues of the time, that of ineffective secondary language learning.


"This new transition model of language pedagogy impresses upon the reader the necessity of new perspectives in language education, as it accounts for culturally specific learning styles and learner social, political and cultural identities that previous work has not. It presents EFL/expanding circle learners as having agency through uniquely cultured learning styles, styles that educational stakeholders must accommodate when promulgating language pedagogies." - Katherine Chen, University of Hong Kong

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Identity in South Korean social, cultural and pedagogical spaces 3. Language development in a Northeast Asian context 4. Sociocultural theory 5. Strategies, styles, and mechanisms, grounding the Transition theory 6. The Transition model and theory 7. Revisiting the Transition theory

About the Author

Michael Hadzantonis develops discourses in sociology, social anthropology, and related linguistics, and has worked in global academic contexts for approximately two decades.

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Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics

This series is our home for innovative research in the field of sociolinguistics. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this important and evolving subject area.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General