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Language Awareness in Teacher Education

Cultural-Political and Social-Educational Perspectives

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Stephan Breidbach, Daniela Elsner and Andrea Young

Teaching language and teaching with languages is what is called for in contemporary classrooms, be they language classrooms or otherwise. When the learners’ plurilingualism and societies’ multilingualism have social, cultural or political implications, becoming aware of language matters is a necessity both for non-specialist teachers and language teachers alike. This book thus presents a variety of research-based perspectives on the cultural-political and social-educational domains of language awareness. Context, both historical, socio-economic, political and cultural has an undeniable impact on language attitudes and awareness, and the variety of different contexts contained in this volume – the Basque County, Catalonia (Spain), England (UK), Finland, Germany, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Portugal, Scotland (UK), and Turkey – testifies to this. As each chapter outlines the specificities and the impact of context upon language policies, attitudes and beliefs, the authors in this book focus on language awareness as a multi-faceted concept fit to play a major role in the reform processes of teacher education in the 21 st century.

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About the authors Riikka Alanen is Professor of Applied Language Studies, Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, specialises in second/ foreign language learning and teaching and metalinguistic awareness. Among other topics, she has published on the Vygotsky and Leontievian legacy in foreign language studies. Maria Helena Ançã is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education of the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and a member of Research Centre ‘Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education’ (CIDTFF). Her main research interests are related to Portuguese as a nonmother tongue, immigration, namely that concerning Portuguesespeaking African countries, language awareness and metalinguistic representations. Ana Isabel Andrade is Professor at the Department of Education of the University of Aveiro (Portugal), where she teaches Language Teacher Education and cocoordinates the LALE  (pen Laboratory for Foreign Language Learn ing). She has been involved in several research and teacher education pro grammes in the areas of linguistic diversity, plurilingualism and intercom prehension. She has published and directed theses and dissertations in the field of plurilingual education. She coordinates the research project “Languages and education: sharing and constructing language education”. Maria Helena Araújo e Sá is Professor at the Department of Education of the University of Aveiro (Portugal), where she teaches Language Teacher Education and cocoordinates the LALE  (pen Laboratory for Foreign Language Learn ing). She has participated in international projects concerning intercom prehension and intercultural communication and she runs several training courses at national and international level. She coordinated...

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