Resisting Linguistic Imperialism in English Teaching

ISBN : 9780194421546

A. Suresh Canagarajah
224 Pages
157 x 235 mm
Pub date
Aug 1999
Oxford Applied Linguistics
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This book describes the creative strategies employed by teachers and students in periphery communities in order to use the English language in a manner that suits their needs while subtly resisting the linguistic imperialism that many scholars have identified as the consequence of the global ELT enterprise. After developing trends and ideas from those oppositional strategies, the book goes on to outline elements of a critical pedagogy suitable for ELT in formerly colonized communities. As the English language continues to spread globally, this book will be essential reading for English teachers and applied linguists wishing to understand the ideological challenges in the periphery. Curriculum planners and policy makers will also find it a necessary aid to exploring the pedagogical alternatives.


Acknowledgments ; Preface ; Introduction ; 1. Adopting a critical perspective on pedagogy ; 2. Challenges in researching resistance ; 3. Resistance to English in historical perspective ; 4. Conflicting curricula: interrogating student opposition ; 5. Competing pedagogies: understanding teacher opposition ; 6. Clashing codes: negotiating classroom interaction ; 7. Contrasting literacies: appropriating academic texts ; 8. The politics and pedagogy of appropriating discourses ; Bibliography ; Index

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