Download e-book for iPad: Critical Applied Linguistics: A Critical Introduction by Alastair Pennycook

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This available advisor and creation to severe utilized linguistics offers a transparent assessment, highlighting difficulties, debates, and competing perspectives in language schooling, literacy, discourse research, language within the office, translation and different language-related domain names. overlaying either serious thought and domain names of perform, the e-book is prepared round 5 topics: the politics of information, the politics of language, the politics of texts, the politics of pedagogy, and the politics of distinction. it really is a major textual content for an individual focused on utilized linguistics, TESOL, language schooling, or different language-related fields.

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Do we need to change society first in order to change language? Is the issue one of giving people access to powerful forms of language? Can we change the way language is used in order to change how power is reproduced? A key focus of critical applied linguistics, then, is to ask broad questions about language and power. Whether in John Honey's (1997) Language is Power, Norman Fairclough's (1989) Language and Power, Pierre Bourdieu's (1991) Language and Symbolic Power, Robyn Lakoff's (1990) Talking power: The Politics of Language, or Michel Foucault's (1980b) < previous page page_28 next page > < previous page page_29 next page > Page 29 Power/Knowledge, we need to know how language relates to power.

Significantly, he points then to the need for education to "be directed not so much at the lack of knowledge as to resistances to knowledge" (p. 95). On the one hand, then, some may feel that critical thinking and work is already part of what they do and that dealing with texts that complicate the issues is therefore an unnecessary distraction; and on the other hand, there is a reluctance to deal with theory, a rejection of what is seen as abstruse, abstract, academic, and an unhelpful wordiness that avoids the actual issues of political engagement: an unnecessary abstraction.

62). Importantly, too, Shohamy critiques not only what has gone before but also the politics of knowledge that informs previous approaches. Thus, there is a critique of positivism and psychometric testing with their emphases on blind measurement rather than situated forms of knowledge. There is a demand to establish what a preferred vision of society is and a call to make one's applied linguistic practice accountable to such a vision. And there are suggestions for different practices that might start to change how testing is done.

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