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Wed Jan 30 2002

Books: Applied Linguistics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Applied Ling: Language Centres. Their roles, functions and management.

Message 1: Applied Ling: Language Centres. Their roles, functions and management.

Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 15:32:45 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Applied Ling: Language Centres. Their roles, functions and management.

Language Centres. Their roles, functions and management.
David INGRAM (Griffith University)

Language International World Directory 5
2001. x, 241 pp. Hardcover
US & Canada: 1 58811 094 X / USD 82.00
Rest of world: 90 272 1957 5 / EUR 90.00

Language centres serve an important role in the development and
implementation of language policy and in supporting language
teachers. This book describes five language centres, the Centre for
Information on Language Teaching and Research (London), the European
Centre for Modern Languages (Graz), the Regional Language Centre
(Singapore), the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC, Washington
DC), and the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Languages (CALL,
Brisbane). These contrasting centres provide the basis for a
discussion of the roles, functions and management of language centres
and the challenges facing such centres (and universities in general)
arising from tensions between the pursuit of academic excellence and
the demands of commercialisation and economic rationalism. The author
holds a chair in applied linguistics in Griffith University and has
written extensively on language policy and its implementation and on
language assessment. He has established and directed three language
centres since the mid-1980s, including CALL since 1990, and is an
Adjunct Fellow of NFLC.

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