Critical Perspectives on Language Teaching Materials

Editors: Gray, J. (Ed.)

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This Critical Perspectives on Language Teaching Materials  brings together a collection of critical voices on the subject of language teaching materials for use in English, French, Spanish, German and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) classrooms.

About the authors

Nick Andon, King's College London, UK Christian W. Chun, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Simon Coffey, King's College London, UK John Gray, Institute of Education, University of London, UK John Kullman, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK Tom Morton, Birkbeck, University of London, UK Cristina Ros i Solé, King's College London and University College London, UK Denise Santos, language teaching consultant and materials writer Ursula Wingate, King's College London, UK Scott Thornbury, The New School, New York, USA

Reviews

'There have been monographs and edited collections on language teaching material over the years, but none have managed to do what this book does cover the basics of the field while moving debate on further in a variety of different areas. Thus within the covers of this collection, magnificently edited by John Gray, we find not only general information about language teaching materials, but also detailed attention to how such materials are cultural artefacts, that is how they are human-produced objects which communicate information about the culture within which they are embedded and from which they emerge, as well as their creators. A key factor here is the move by contributors to an interdisciplinary approach to language teaching materials, leaving behind an approach which is informed exclusively by mainstream language teaching and learning literature. Further to this, the contributions to this collection examine a range of factors, including how culture is both a central factor in the very fabric of materials and how, at the same time materials convey views about culture and cultures; how materials are key commodities mediating neoliberal policies and practices, to the point that they act in effect as agents of neoliberalism; how materials position learners (and teachers) as particular types of people; how materials developed in one context condition and shape pedagogical practices in other contexts in another; and finally, how materials can be and are often resisted by teachers and learners. All of these issues, and more, are addressed engagingly and imaginatively in this volume, the result being an excellent source of ideas for anyone interested in language teaching materials in the 21st century.' - David Block, Universitat de Lleida, Spain

'Gray's Critical Perspectives on Language Teaching Materials is a timely and innovative addition to the field of language and education in collating state-of-the-art critical research on teaching materials not only in English but also in other languages by taking stock of diverse theories and methodologies. It is a significant contribution to critical literacy and critical pedagogy and it will be the most

valuable to those who are working on these fields at both theoretical and practical levels.' - Language and Education


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gray, John

    Pages 1-16

  • Telling Tales: Changing Discourses of Identity in the ‘Global’ UK-Published English Language Coursebook

    Kullman, John

    Pages 17-39

  • LGBT Invisibility and Heteronormativity in ELT Materials

    Gray, John

    Pages 40-63

  • The ‘Neoliberal Citizen’: Resemiotising Globalised Identities in EAP Materials

    Chun, Christian W.

    Pages 64-87

  • ‘This activity is far from being a pause for reflection’: An Exploration of ELT Authors’, Editors’, Teachers’ and Learners’ Approaches to Critical Thinking

    Santos, Denise

    Pages 88-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Perspectives on Language Teaching Materials
Editors
  • J. Gray
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38426-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137384263
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-36285-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34872-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 253
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