Teachers in any subject area must have a basic understanding of how language is learned and used in educational contexts because language impacts teaching and learning across all subjects. This book is written specifically for those teachers and teacher trainees learning to teach who want to know more about language learning and use in educational contexts and, especially, those who care about the social implications of language in education.
Chapters address crucial questions that teachers must address: How is language structured? How is language learned at home and in school, by first, second and bilingual language learners? How is language used in classrooms to shape learning? How does language vary in different regions and due to social characteristics of users? How can language be used to make meaning in different modes (oral/written) and contexts? How do language policies intersect with education policies, and how do these impact teachers?
The chapters are full of examples of language use in educational contexts to help readers understand language in action. The examples not only highlight key points, they also provide opportunities for readers to deepen their understanding by experiencing analysis of language. Each chapter closes with a discussion of relevance to educational settings and questions which can be used for in-class discussion or personal reflection. Suggestions for further readings and online viewing are included, and a comprehensive companion website is available.
“This inspiring, informative and unpretentious book provides an excellent introduction to the field. Topical and highly readable, the international team of contributors has produced a text which will appeal to a broad range of readers interested in finding out more about how language is used, taught and learned in educational settings.” – Viv Edwards, Professor of Language in Education, Reading University, UK,
“This is a well-written, scholarly and informative book, which brings together key issues related to language and education, viewing language in all its social dimensions. It will be of value to students across many courses and levels of study, both undergraduate and postgraduate. It will have particular value for teachers wishing to improve their understandings of language and its role in teaching and learning.” – Jean Conteh, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, Leeds University, UK,