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The Sociolinguistics of Language Education in International Contexts

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Edited By Edith Esch and Martin Solly

In many parts of the world the language education scenario is increasingly dynamic, as demographic, economic and social changes powerfully influence socio-political agendas in the sphere of language education. These in turn impact on complex issues such as linguistic pluralism, multiculturalism, and marginalization. This is especially so in the sphere of second language education where local, national and regional concerns often dominate the objectives underpinning policy choice and prioritisation.
This volume brings together scholars and researchers from a wide range of different educational contexts and turns a sociolinguistic lens on some of the key areas of concern for researchers in language education: critical awareness of power and identity issues; competence in dealing with new sociolinguistic repertoires, modalities and literacies; ethical concerns for all who are involved. The ‘case study’ approach enables the reader to reflect on and critically engage with these issues in a rich variety of contextual situations, and the volume as a whole provides a useful overview of (second) language education in the world today.

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Notes on Contributors ESTERINO ADAMI is a tenured researcher in English Language and Translation at the Faculty of Education / Department of Oriental Stud- ies, University of Turin (Italy). His main research areas focus on varie- ties of English (in particular South Asian Englishes), English as a global language, ELT in multicultural contexts, the semiotics of comics, liter- ary pragmatics, Anglophone cultures. He has published various articles on lexical, stylistic and sociolinguistic aspects of Indian English, the role of games in English language methodology, postcolonial transla- tion and the construction of identity in diasporic literatures in English. He is currently involved in an EU-sponsored project aimed at fostering language education and thinking skills for very young learners entitled PASS (Parents As Successful teacherS, www.ta-parents.eu). STEVE BUCKLEDEE was awarded a BA and a PGCE by the University of Hull and an MA in Applied Linguistics by the University of Leices- ter. After teaching English language in various state and private insti- tutions in the UK, Portugal, Spain and Italy, he took up a research post at the University of Cagliari. His main research interests are individual variables, particularly motivation, in second language acquisition, and World Englishes. He has published several articles in these fields. EDITH ESCH is Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish Col- lege. Director of the Cambridge University Language Centre from 1990 to 2000, her main current research is in second language educa- tion with a...

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