Future Directions in Applied Linguistics: Local and Global Perspectives
Editor: Christina Gitsaki and Richard B. Baldauf Jr.
Date Of Publication: Feb 2012
The field of applied linguistics covers a diverse range of research and practice, and has developed somewhat differently in various parts of the world due to variations in local socio-cultural conditions, needs and issues. However, this local diversity does not reflect a field that is incoherent, but rather one which has a broad, shared international agenda which is invigorated by the diversity brought to the field by local perspectives. The papers in this volume represent some of the major global directions that research in applied linguistics is taking and shed light on how language is used to affect practice.
The aim of this volume is to explore some of the key methods and issues which are guiding applied linguistics into the future through an examination of these issues in local contexts, thereby providing a basis for understanding the global directions the field is taking. These directions follow two historically defined paths: those related to educational studies and language teaching, and those related to social issues involving language. In the volume, half the papers focus on the former, examining issues of language teaching, language teacher education and second language acquisition, while the other half examine social issues related to language use, bilingualism and multilingualism, and language policy and planning. The collection of papers presented in this book illustrates how these traditional themes are influenced by the rising forces of globalisation and the use of technology, thus exemplifying both the new and old ways in which the study of language is realised.
Christina Gitsaki, UNESCO Chair in Applied Research in Education, Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, is currently the Executive Treasurer on the Executive Board of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) and past Secretary of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (2006–2010). She has published extensively in the areas of ESL/EFL and CALL. She has authored Second Language Lexical Acquisition (1999), co-authored a textbook, Internet English (2000), and edited Language and Languages: Global and Local Tensions (2007) and Teaching and Learning in the Arab World (2011). Her main research interests include second language acquisition and TESOL, the use of ICTs and the Internet for teaching English, Learning Objects design and CALL applications. Her research papers have been published in numerous refereed journals and books.
Richard B. Baldauf Jr., Professor of TESOL Education, School of Education, University of Queensland, is past president of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and was a member of the AILA Executive Board (1999–2008). He has published numerous articles in refereed journals and books and is co-author of Language Planning from Practice to Theory (1997), Language and Language-in-Education Planning in the Pacific Basin (2003) and Planning Chinese Characters: Evolution, Revolution or Reaction (2007). He also has co-edited a series of volumes on Language Planning and Policy in various polities (2004–2011) published by Multilingual Matters and Routledge.
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