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Books: Ontologies of English: Hall, Wicaksono (eds.)

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Subject: Ontologies of English: Hall, Wicaksono (eds.)
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Title: Ontologies of English
Subtitle: Conceptualising the Language for Learning, Teaching, and Assessment
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Christopher J. Hall
Editor: Rachel Wicaksono
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108623070 Pages: 402 Price: U.S. $ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108482530 Pages: 402 Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108482530 Pages: 402 Price: U.K. £ 85.00

In applied linguistics, being explicit about ontologies of English, and how they underpin educational ideologies and professional practices, is essential. For the first time, this volume presents a critical examination of the ways in which English is conceptualised for learning, teaching, and assessment, from both social and cognitive perspectives. Written by a team of leading scholars, it considers the language in a range of contexts and domains, including: models and targets for EFL, ESL and EAL teaching and testing, and the contested dominance of native-speaker 'standard' varieties; English as a school subject, using England's educational system as an example; English as a lingua franca, where typically several languages and cultures are in contact; and English as broader social practice in a world characterised by unprecedented mobility and destabilisation. Readers are provided with a balanced set of perspectives on ontologies of English and a valuable resource for educational research and practice.

Part I. Introduction:
1. Approaching ontologies of English Christopher J. Hall and Rachel Wicaksono
2. An ontological framework for English Christopher J. Hall
Part II. English In/For L2 Learning and Teaching:
3. English in the real world: norms and the ontology of English(es) Peter Harder
4. From constructions to social action: the substance of English and its learning from an interactional usage-based perspective Søren Wind Eskildsen
5. Native and non-native speakers of English Rachel Wicaksono
Part III. English In Schools:
6. The origins and adaptations of English as a school subject Andy Goodwyn
7. A 'God-like science': English teaching in Secondary schools Rachel Roberts
8. Beliefs about 'good English' in schools Clare Cunningham
Part IV. Assessing English:
9. English varieties and targets for L2 assessment Claudia Harsch
10. The role of the L1 in testing L2 English Fumiyo Nakatsuhara, Lynda Taylor and Suwimol Jaiyote
11. Mind the gap: dis/continuities in the UK assessment of L1 English language Angela Goddard
Part V. English in Lingua Franca Contexts:
12. What is English in the light of lingua franca usage? Iris Schaller-Schwaner and Andy Kirkpatrick
13. English as a lingua franca and transcultural communication: rethinking competences and pedagogy for ELT Will Baker
14. Exploring standards-based, intelligibility-based, and complex conceptions of English in a lingua franca context Nathan Page
Part VI. English and Social Practice:
15. English as a resource in a communicative assemblage: a perspective from flat ontology Suresh Canagarajah
16. Mobile learners and 'English as an additional language' Robert Sharples
17. Mobility and English language education: how does mobility in study abroad settings produce new conceptualisations of English? Khawla Badwan
Part VII. Commentary and Conclusions:
18. Pushing the ontological boundaries of English Alastair Pennycook
19. Using ontologies of English Rachel Wicaksono and Christopher J. Hall.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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