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Language Education

Controversies, Observations and Proposals


Edited By 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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An inquiry into happening in school education: Some of the questions it poses to teaching English as a foreign language in schools (Martin Blaszk)


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An inquiry into happening in school education: Some of the questions it poses to teaching English as a foreign language in schools

Martin Blaszk

Uniwersytet Gdański

Abstract: At the present time, it is recognized that education has to do more than simply teach subjects to learners; that it should engage them, providing them with the skills to negotiate the ever changing world in which they live. In recognition of this, research was carried out into happening in an educational setting, to inquire into whether or not, when it is used in school, it meets any of these challenges. The research project itself was aligned with the teaching of English as a foreign language, so that part of the data collected also related to the practice of English language teaching as participants experienced it in their school lessons. It is upon this data that the analysis in this chapter is viewed from a general pedagogical perspective.

Keywords: English language teaching, general pedagogical perspective, happening in education, happening sessions, school lessons

1. An inquiry into happening in school education

The aim of the research project overall was to inquire into the possibilities for happening within education.1 Happening is a multidisciplinary art form that originated in late 1950s America in reaction to existing art and performance practices, which were seen to be inadequate in their engagement with audiences and the world in general. As a practice it...

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