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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Beyond Communities of Practice
Subtitle: Language, Power and Social Context
Written By: Karin Tusting
Edited By: David Barton
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521544920
Series Title: Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive & Computational Perspectives
Description:

The concept of "communities of practice" (Lave and Wenger 1991, Wenger
1998) has become influential in education, management, and social sciences
in recent years. This volume emphasizes the significance of language,
power, and social context in understanding how communities of practice
work. Domains of empirical research reported include schools, police
stations, adult basic education, higher education and multilingual
settings. The relationship between communities of practice and literacy
studies, critical language studies, the ethnography of communication,
socio-cultural activity theory, and sociological theories of risk is also
evaluated.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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ISBN: 0521836433
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Pages: 256
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Pages: 256
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