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Title: Languages in Australian Education
Subtitle: Problems, Prospects and Future Directions
Edited By: Anthony J. Liddicoat
Angela Scarino
Description:

Australia has a reputation for sustained work in language policy and has
had over 20 years of experience of language policy development. During
these years, language policies have sought to increase and reshape
languages education in Australian schools, but have had only limited
success in achieving their objectives. This means that Australia’s
extensive work in language policy has not yet guaranteed a secure place for
languages within education. After a period of comparative neglect of
languages and multiculturalism, Australia is now entering a new phase of
activity in language policy and it is timely to consider critically what
has and has not been achieved to date and the reasons why.The aim of this
book is to examine the current state, nature, role and purposes of
languages in Australian education as a basis for considering a viable,
encompassing language education policy. The book is divided into four
specific focus areas for discussion, each of which is based on a core theme
in Australian languages education: engaging with diversity; the current
state of policy and participation in languages education and languages
teacher education; current orientations to languages education, and future
possibilities and directions in languages education. Underlying the
discussion is the recognition that at this particular juncture in languages
education policy in Australia it is necessary to re-examine constructs,
research, evidence and practice as the basis for renewal. The book presents
a collection of papers dealing with each of the themes and aims to give
greater focus to the contemporary debates around languages in education in
Australia and more generally.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781443816731
Pages: 265
Prices: U.K. £ 39.99