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The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language
     

The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language

by Alastair Pennycook
 

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Covering a wide range of areas including international politics, colonial history, critical pedagogy, postcolonial literature and applied linguitics, this book examines ways to understand the cultural and political implications of the global spread of English.

Firstly, it explores how a particular view of English as an international language has come into being

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Covering a wide range of areas including international politics, colonial history, critical pedagogy, postcolonial literature and applied linguitics, this book examines ways to understand the cultural and political implications of the global spread of English.

Firstly, it explores how a particular view of English as an international language has come into being by examining its colonial origins, its connections to linguistics and applied linguistics, and its relationships to the global spread of teaching practices. It then offers an alternative, critical understanding through the concept of the 'worldliness' of English. This concept suggests that English can never be removed from the social, cultural, economic or political contexts in which it is used.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317892366
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Series:
Language In Social Life
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
376
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Alastair Pennycook is Professor of Language in Education at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of many titles, including BAAL book prize winner 2008: Global Englishes and Transcultural Flows (Routledge, 2007), Language as a Local Practice (Routledge, 2010), and Metrolingualism: Language in the City (co-authored with Emi Otsuji, Routledge, 2015).

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