Culture and the language classroom

This 1990 collection of papers looks at contexts of language teaching from educational and cultural perspectives, starting from the premise that language teaching is not 'value free or transparent'.

Authors of the various chapters discuss issues including values and beliefs enshrined in English; power relationships and the use of English; stereotyping and representations in textbooks; teaching techniques; cross-cultural behaviour and students’ attitudes in the classroom; beliefs about education, and what comprises ‘knowledge’ and ‘culture’ – as well as views on ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture; deculturation, acculturation and bilingualism.

This book is free to download below as a pdf file.

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