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Language Education

Controversies, Observations and Proposals

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Danuta Stanulewicz, Karolina Janczukowicz and Małgorzata Rocławska-Daniluk

This collection of papers explores various issues in English language teaching in Poland, mainly at the secondary and tertiary levels. The topics include Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and e-learning. The contributions also deal with teaching public speaking, pronunciation and writing. The contributors explore language education from the perspective of cognitive linguistics and propose solutions concerning English for Specific Purposes (Technical Writing in English and Maritime English) as well. The book also investigates teaching not only languages but also, inter alia, geography and linguistics, concentrating on the use of metaphors, prototypes and cognitive models.

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Controversies, observations and proposals in language education: An introduction (Danuta Stanulewicz)

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Controversies, observations and proposals in language education: An introduction

Language education is an area of research much broader than foreign/second language teaching/learning. Alongside traditional glottodidactic issues, it takes into consideration foreign/second language teacher training, first language education, the role(s) of language in teaching other school subjects, teaching second languages at home and language policy concerning both native and foreign languages. One of the aims of this volume is to bridge the gap between theory and practice by presenting solutions researchers can offer to practitioners specializing in language teaching at all the levels of education.

Language education has been a flourishing discipline for a long time. The main reason is as simple as the need to learn languages which enable people to function in the contemporary world. The command of two and more languages not only strengthens one’s position on the job market, but also allows for participating in culture: reading books, watching films etc. in other languages, let alone travelling and making friends. The multitude of constantly evolving approaches to teaching and learning foreign/second languages and emerging new technologies as well as the publication of innumerable coursebooks and other teaching materials, all confronted with changing educational systems at all levels of education, provide fertile grounds for reflection, research and discussion. However, solving the evergreen problems language learners face is frequently still far from being satisfactory; in numerous cases, it is the individual teacher whose education, classroom decisions, creativity, personality and treatment of...

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