LINGUIST List 15.1447

Thu May 6 2004

Books: Applied Linguistics: Johnston

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  1. Susan.Barker, Values in English Language Teaching: Johnston

Message 1: Values in English Language Teaching: Johnston

Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 10:27:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: Susan.Barker <>
Subject: Values in English Language Teaching: Johnston

Title: Values in English Language Teaching

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Author: Bill Johnston, Indiana University 

Hardback: ISBN: 0805842934, Pages: 184, Price: U.S. $: 45.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0805842942, Pages: 184, Price: U.S. $: 24.50

This book offers a new perspective on language teaching by placing
moral issues - that is, questions of values - at the core of what it
is to be a teacher. The teacher-student relation is central to this
view, rather than the concept of language teaching as merely a
technical matter of managing students' acquisition of language. The
message is that all language teaching involves an interplay of deeply
held values, but in each teaching situation these values are played
out in different ways. Johnston does not tell readers what to think,
but only suggests what to think about.

Values in English Language Teaching explores the complex and often
contradictory moral landscape of the language classroom, gradually
revealing how teaching is not a matter of clear-cut choices but of
wrestling with dilemmas and making difficult decisions in situations
often riven with conflict. It examines the underlying values that
teachers hold as individuals and as members of their profession, and
demonstrates how those values are played out in the real world of
language classrooms. Matters addressed include connections between the
moral and political dimensions in English language teaching, and
between values and religious beliefs; relationship(s) between teacher
identity and values; the meaning of professionalism and how it is
associated with morality and values; the ways in which teacher
development is a moral issue; and the marginality of English language

All the examples are taken from real-life teaching situations - the
complexity and messiness of these situations is always acknowledged,
including both individual influences and broader social, cultural, and
political forces at play in English language classrooms. By using
actual situations as the starting point for analysis, Johnston offers
a philosophy based in practice, and recognizes the primacy of lived
experience as a basis for moral analysis. Examples come from teaching
contexts around the world, including Brazil, Thailand, Poland, Japan,
Central African Republic, Turkey, and Taiwan, as well as various
settings in the United States.

This book will change the way teachers see language classrooms - their
own or those of others. It is a valuable resource for teachers of ESL
and EFL and all those who work with them, especially teacher
educators, researchers, and administrators.

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