Language Teachers, Politics and Cultures by Michael Byram

By Michael Byram

Overseas language instructing is social interplay, topic to the impacts and forces of the societies during which it happens. this article argues that geo-political alterations affect language academics of their ideals approximately their paintings and within the daily tools they use of their study rooms. in line with empirical learn in Denmark and England, the ebook explores the consequences of significant modern alterations as they're perceived and understood by means of language lecturers.

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Lloyd and R. Schneider (1995); K. Risager, (1996a, b, 1998). Page 1 Introduction The purpose of this book is twofold: to investigate how geo-political changes are influencing language teaching in general and the cultural dimension in particular; and second to discuss the pedagogical opportunities such changes offer teachers and their learners. Language teaching is often considered to be a technical endeavourfor which the language of 'skills' and 'behaviour' is symptomaticand yet we would argue that, as a social interaction involving social agents, it cannot avoid the influence of changes in societies.

All teachers in the sample were asked to complete a questionnaire (see Appendix 1) and, in England, 18 teachers were selected from approximately 30 who volunteered to be interviewed. The selection was again made in terms of opportunity and geographical convenience. In Denmark 42 teachers were selected from 175 who volunteered. In this case the selection criteria were to include as wide a spread as possible of the variety of views expressed in the questionnaire, together with representativeness in respect of locality, age and sex of the whole questionnaire sample.

Neither country was among those taking the initiative for the Treaty of Rome. In the course of the 1960s however, Britain sought membership as a means of meeting commercial and economic problems linked to the dissolution of the empire, and Denmark (and Ireland) followed, because Great Britain was and is its most important export market. The two countries entered the EC simultaneously in 1973, in Denmark's case after a referendum where 63% voted in favour. Since then the Danish population has been equally divided in attitudes to the EC and in the 1980s there was a strong movementthe Popular Movement against the EC, founded in 1971which supported leaving the EC.

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