Ideology in Second Language Education

Authored by: James W. Tollefson

Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  January  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415998710
eBook ISBN: 9780203836507
Adobe ISBN: 9781136863950


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Research on ideology has generated a remarkably extensive scholarly literature across the full range of the social sciences. Nowhere has it been more important than in communication and language studies, particularly in critical approaches such as critical discourse analysis (Fairclough, 1995; Hodge & Kress, 1993; van Dijk, 1993a, 1993b; Wodak, 1996). Despite the extensive body of published research, perhaps no concept in language studies is more characterized by confusion, contradiction, competing methodologies, and controversies about fundamental terminology. This chapter begins by summarizing the complex meanings of ideology, and then examines certain aspects of ideology in second language (L2) theories and research methods, teaching practice, and teacher education.

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