Springer International Handbooks of Education

International Handbook of English Language Teaching

Editors: Cummins, Jim, Davison, Chris (Eds.)

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This two-volume handbook provides a comprehensive examination of policy, practice, research, and theory related to English language teaching (ELT) in international contexts. Nearly 70 chapters highlight the research foundation for the best practices, frameworks for policy decisions, and areas of consensus and controversy in the teaching and development of English as a second and/or additional language for kindergarten through to adult speakers of languages other than English. In doing so it problematizes traditional dichotomies and challenges the very terms that provide the traditional foundations of the field. A wide range of terms has been used to refer to the key players involved in the teaching and learning of the English language and to the enterprise of English language teaching as a whole. At various times and in different contexts, the following labels have been used in countries where English is the dominant language to describe programs, learners, or teachers of Enghsh: English as a second language (ESL), English as an additional language (EAL), limited English proficient (LEP), and English language learners (ELL). In contexts where EngUsh is not the dominant language, the following terms have been used: English as a foreign language (EFL), English as an international language (EIL), and English as a lingua franca (ELF).

About the authors

Jim Cummins is Professor in the Modern Language Centre, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. In May 1997, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the Bank Street College of Education in New York. His research has focused on multiculturalism and minority language education, bilingual education, psycholinguistics, critical pedagogy, language and the school curriculum, learning disabilities, computer networking in education. He has served as a consultant on language planning in education to numerous international agencies. His latest publications include: Language, power, and pedagogy: Bilingual children in the crossfire (Multilingual Matters, 2000), Negotiating identities: Education for empowerment in a diverse society (California Association for Bilingual Education, 2001). He is co-editor with Sandra Schechter of Multilingual education in practice: Using diversity as a resource ( Heinemann , 2003).

Chris Davison is currently Associate Professor in English Language Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. She has had many years' experience as an ESOL teacher, teacher educator and consultant in primary, post-primary and adult settings in the Asian–Pacific and Middle Eastern region. She is a former President of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations and current Chair of the Research Interest Section of the international TESOL organization. She has researched and published extensively on the interface between English as a mother tongue and ESOL development, the theory and practice of "mainstreaming", collaborative approaches to integrating language and content in schools and school-based English language assessment. Her most recent publications include English as a second language in the mainstream: Teaching, learning and identity (Longman Pearson, 2001, with Prof Bernard Mohan and Constant Leung), Innovation and Information Technology in Language Education (Hong Kong University Press, 2004) and a book on English language teaching internationally (Multilingual Matters, forthcoming, with Constant Leung).

Table of contents (75 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Global Scope and Politics of ELT: Critiquing Current Policies and Programs

    Cummins, Jim (et al.)

    Pages 3-11

  • ELT and Colonialism

    Pennycook, Alastair

    Pages 13-24

  • Ideology, Language Varieties, and ELT

    Tollefson, James W.

    Pages 25-36

  • Tensions Between English and Mother Tongue Teaching in Post-Colonial Africa

    Obondo, Margaret Akinyi

    Pages 37-50

  • A Critical Discussion of the English-Vernacular Divide in India

    Ramanathan, Vaidehi

    Pages 51-61

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
International Handbook of English Language Teaching
Editors
  • Jim Cummins
  • Chris Davison
Series Title
Springer International Handbooks of Education
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-46301-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-46301-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-46300-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-7908-7
Series ISSN
2197-1951
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LVI, 1201
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