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Reconceptualising Authenticity for English as a Global Language (Second Language Acquisition)

Reconceptualising Authenticity for English as a Global Language (Second Language Acquisition)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781783095667
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
  • Release Date: Jun 07, 2016
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.43 x 9.21 x 6.14 inches

Overview

This book examines the concept of authentic English in today’s world, where cultures are in constant interaction and the English language works as a binding agent for many cross-cultural exchanges. It offers a comprehensive review of decades of debate around authenticity in language teaching and learning and attempts to synthesise the complexities by presenting them as a continuum. This continuum builds on the work of eminent scholars and combines them within a flexible framework that celebrates the process of interaction whilst acknowledging the complexity and individual subjectivity of authenticity. Authenticity is approached as a complex dynamic construct that can only be understood by examining it from social, individual and contextual dimensions, in relation to actual people. Authenticity is a problem not just for language acquisition but one which affects us as individuals belonging to society.


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