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Mon Aug 20 2018

Books: The Multilingual Instructor: Kramsch, Zhang

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Date: 23-Jul-2018
From: Sophie Rogers <>
Subject: The Multilingual Instructor: Kramsch, Zhang
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Title: The Multilingual Instructor
Subtitle: What foreign language teachers say about their experience and why it matters
Series Title: Oxford Applied Linguistics
Published: 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Claire Kramsch
Author: Lihua Zhang
Paperback: ISBN: 9780194217378 Pages: 264 Price: ----

Claire Kramsch and Lihua Zhang use an ecological approach and a complexity thought model to examine the identities, experiences, and practices of foreign language teachers as native or non-native speakers, multilingual instructors, and professional educators. What is their sense of legitimacy? How do they bridge the historical and cultural gaps between them and their students? What stories do they share in the classroom? Which do they not share? How do they view their ethical responsibility?

"In this landmark publication, Kramsch and Zhang show us the challenges facing the multilingual instructor and the importance of understanding their experiences in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning as transformative practices. The ecological framework provides a very useful model for future studies, while the attention to the ethical role of the multilingual instructor is a timely reminder to us all".

- Li Wei, Chair of Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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