Fwd: special issue of TQ: language policies and TESOL

From: Peter Smagorinsky (smago@uga.edu)
Date: Fri May 13 2005 - 09:13:49 PDT

>>Call for Abstracts
>>Special Topic Issue of TESOL Quarterly, Autumn 2007
>>Language Policies and TESOL: Perspectives from Practice
>>Edited by Vaidehi Ramanathan and Brian Morgan
>>TESOL Quarterly announces a call for abstracts for the 2007 special topic
>>issue on language policies around English (and other languages). This
>>issue will encourage situated research that explores how English language
>>policies in all regions of the world and at a variety of levels impact
>>realities on the ground. Specifically, it will encourage papers that will
>>probe how policies around English (and minority languages) get translated
>>into actual practice, including ways in which they sometimes reproduce,
>>legitimize, and counter social stratifications on the ground, especially
>>those relating to class, gender, ethnicity, caste, and mother tongue.
>>Some sites and questions for addressing complexities around the
>>policy-practice nexus might be:
>>In classrooms: In what ways do teachers -in K-12, community colleges,
>>tertiary levels -find themselves having to teach to formal policies and
>>"standards," while realizing that they have to find ways of circumventing
>>policy-related pressures to facilitate effective learning? Do language
>>policies intersect with issues around gender and ethnicity? Are there
>>interesting ways that classroom-related issues -including first language
>>use, teacher-student interactions, evaluation and curricular issues, and
>>the use of particular pedagogic materials -enact and question particular
>>language policies, and if so, what are they, and what forms do they take?
>>In teacher-education programs: In what ways do teacher-education programs
>>sensitize potential L2 teachers of English to language policy issues
>>around local languages? How are teachers alerted to some socio-political
>>dimensions of English language teaching, and what local impact do they
>>have on issues around assessment and syllabi? In what ways does making
>>teachers meta-aware of connections between language policies and their
>>classroom practice/s enable them to become more sensitive and critical
>>In institutional orientations: In what ways do individual institutions
>>recognize that they need to work with and/or against particular language
>>policies and the social stratifications they foster in order to reach out
>>to disadvantaged indigenous and language-minority students? What are some
>>ways in which institutions actively try to foster L1 development while
>>simultaneously encouraging the development of English? How do
>>institutions work around testing issues to both meet 'standards' while
>>also countering them? What are some language policy issues operating in
>>and around extra-curricular institutions such as tutorials? What is the
>>nature of English language classes/tutorials in non-western communities
>>and what is their relationship to state-and nation-wide language policies?
>>Abstracts should represent previously unpublished work with implications
>>for a variety of TESOL professionals. In addition to full-length
>>articles, we solicit empirical or issue papers for Brief Reports and
>>Summaries and The Forum. Please send a 600-word abstract for a
>>full-length article, and a 300-word abstract for a brief report or Forum.
>>For all submissions, send three copies of the abstract without author
>>name(s). On a separate sheet, include each author's name, affiliation,
>>mailing address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, and 50-word
>>biographical statement.
>>Abstracts are due December 31, 2005. Inquiries can be sent to: Vaidehi
>>Ramanathan, (<mailto:vramanathan@ucdavis.edu>vramanathan@ucdavis.edu) and
>>Brian Morgan (<mailto:bmorgan@yorku.ca>bmorgan@yorku.ca)
>>Abstracts should be mailed to: Vaidehi Ramanathan, Department of
>>Linguistics, University of California, Davis, CA 95616. USA; Brian
>>Morgan, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York
>>University 4700 Keele St., Toronto, ON, Canada M3J 1P3.

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