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English Language Education Policies and Practices in the Mediterranean Countries and Beyond

Yasemin Bayyurt and Nicos C. Sifakis

This edited volume seeks ways to present a unifying picture of TESOL policies and practices from different contexts in the broader Mediterranean basin and beyond. The book is divided into three major sections: (i) English language education; (ii) English language teacher education and recruitment policy; (iii) English language testing policies and practices in different contexts. Each chapter has a different research focus (e.g., CLIL, English as an international lingua franca in education, English for specific purposes, etc.), but aims at drawing informed and balanced conclusions with regard to a series of TESOL concerns. Essentially, what this volume provides, and what makes it unique as an edited publication in the field of ESOL education, is a principled awareness of the need to communicate research in one specific domain of teaching and learning to a broader area of ESOL education that is not necessarily delimited by familiar educational practices but can be generalized for other contexts as well.

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We would like to express our special thanks to many people including Sumru Akcan, Yeşim Bektaş Çetinkaya, Eva Illes, Enric Llurda, Lucilla Lopriore, Paola Vettorel, Martin Dewey, Yasemin Kırkgöz, Jale Bayyurt Sarıcı, Alexis Kokkos, Stefania Kordia, Dina Tsagari, Natasha Tsantila, and Moira Hill who saw us through this book; to all those who provided support, talked things over, read, wrote, offered comments, allowed us to quote their remarks and assisted in the editing, proofreading and design. We thank all the anonymous reviewers for their valuable reflections and perspectives. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Peter Lang editorial team especially to Esra Bahsi, Andrea Kolb and Susanne Hoeves, for their support and patience during the process. We also want to thank each of the contributors for their commitment to the project.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge with gratitude the support and love of our families, Anastassia Tsagari and Feza Kerestecioğlu, without them this project could not have come to an end.

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