Higher Education

AAUSC 2010: Critical and Intercultural Theory and Language Pedagogy, 1st Edition

  • Glenn S. Levine University of California-Irvine
  • Alison Phipps University of Glasgow
  • Carl Blyth University of Texas-Austin
  • ISBN-10: 0495800074  |  ISBN-13: 9780495800071
  • 256 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
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Critical theory, intercultural theory, critical pedagogy, and complexity theory: all of these and others have yet to penetrate the shell of foreign-language pedagogy in a systematic way. The field remains concerned primarily—and understandably—with the instrumental demands of facilitating the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. It is often argued that practice is theory-light and theory is practice-light. Consequently, it has proven notoriously difficult to bridge the theory-practice gap. AAUSC 2010 Volume provides a frank and provocative treatment of theory in language teaching and learning, arguing for alternative understanding that may overcome the conflicts between theory and practice. Fostering sophisticated translingual and transcultural competences, linking the work of the language classroom with the profound mission and goals of the humanities, and helping university-level language education contribute to the fostering of compassion and even the transformation of global conflict are now part of the language pedagogy pursuit. To move the language profession in this long-overdue direction, the contributions to this volume provide insightful analyses of foreign-language curriculum, teaching, and learning in a postmodern world and the ways that a range of theoretical frameworks can or already do contribute to our thinking about these issues. The volume gives the reader unfamiliar with theory a thumbnail introduction to a range of models and frameworks, offers numerous practical steps for curriculum design and classroom practice derived from theoretical principles, and also provides fuel for crucial transformative discussions and debates in language departments.

Table of Contents

Editorial Board.
1. Alison Phipps, Glenn S. Levine – What is language pedagogy for?.
2. Claire Kramsch – Theorizing Translingual/Transcultural Competence.
3. Leo van Lier – Classrooms and 'Real' Worlds: Boundaries, Roadblocks, and Connections.
4. Per Urlaub – Understanding Comprehension: Hermeneutics, Literature, and Culture in Collegiate Foreign Language Education.
5. David Gramling, Chantelle Warner – Toward a Contact Pragmatics of Literature: Habitus, Text, and the Advanced L2 Classroom.
6. Peih-ying Lu, John Corbett – The Healthcare Professional as Intercultural Speaker.
7. Maria Dasli – Theorizations of Intercultural Communication.
8. Jan Parker – Framing Ideas from Classical Language Teaching, Past and Future.
9. David Brenner – From Core Curricula to Core Identities: On Critical Pedagogy and Foreign Language/Culture Education.
10. Robert Train – Postcolonial Complexities in Foreign Language Education and the Humanities.
11. James A. Coleman, Regine Hampel, Mirjam Hauck, Ursula Stickler – Collaboration and Interaction: The keys to Distance and Computer-Supported Language Learning.
12. Idoia Elola, Ana Oskoz – A Social Learning Approach to Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom: Transforming Curriculum and Teaching Practices in Hybrid Courses.
13. Carlee Arnett, Harriett Jernigan – Cognitive Grammar and its Applicability in the Foreign Language Classroom.
14. Katherine Arens – After the MLA Report: Rethinking the Links between Literature and Literacy, Research and Teaching in Foreign Language Departments.
Alison Phipps, Glenn S. Levine – Paradigms in Transition.