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Teaching History and Memory in the English Language Development Classroom

Traditionally, learning grammatical patterns, expanding vocabulary, and practicing conversational phrases have been emphasized in second/foreign language classrooms. With this narrow but prevalent way of conceptualizing the goals of language instruction, few teachers fully envisage themselves teaching culture. The current project focuses on a particular way of viewing culture in terms of history and memory. By…

BLC Travel Grant Report

In August 2012, I attended The Japan Association for Language Education & Technology (J-LET) annual conference in Kobe. I am grateful to the BLC for the generous financial travel support. At the conference I co-presented with Mark Kaiser a paper on “Developing Intercultural Communicative Competence Through Film Clips.” He introduced the BLC’s ongoing film clips…

Lecture by Stanton Wortham, April 8, 2009

  Hillbilly Spanish and Tarzan English:  Ideologies of Mexican Immigrant Language by Stanton Wortham, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania In this paper, written with Elaine Allard and Katherine Mortimer, we conceptualize the beliefs and attitudes of Mexican immigrants and long-time residents of the Mid Atlantic suburban town of Marshall as language ideologies, culturally-situated…

Lecture by Joe Lo Bianco, March 16, 2007

Too Much and Not Enough Identity: Constituting English in Asian Language Policy Circles by Joseph Lo Bianco, Chair of Language and Literacy Education, University of Melbourne, Australia This lecture discusses recent and long-standing attributions of both cultural neutrality and bias in and for English. The lecture will trace both recent and longer term associations of…

Lecture by Joseph Lo Bianco, March 8, 2000

Planning Peace and Human Capital: Sri Lankan Language Policy by Joseph Lo Bianco, Chief Executive, Language Australia:  The National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia, The Australian National University, Canberra The paper will discuss divergent tendencies and initiatives in Sri Lankan language policy.  On the one hand a historically unprecedented policy of national bilingualism involving…

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ESL Teachers/ESL Students: Looking at Autoethnography through the Lens of Personetics

This qualitative, naturalistic study examines thoughts expressed in autoethnographies and accompanying notes written by ESL teachers/learners who are enrolled in a graduate teacher education program in the US. These data are then juxtaposed with the Freirean idea that English learners can be empowered if they analyze their personal paths critically...

Studying Fictional Representations of History in the L2 Classroom

The article addresses the didactic questions of what, why and how aspects of culture and history can be—and should be, it is argued—an integral part of all foreign and second language teaching and learning. In particular, it is argued that the study of literary fiction within tertiary foreign language education can function as a gateway ...

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