Special issue: Language ideologies and teaching in multilingual contexts

Sara Young, Emma Brooks


This monograph brings together articles on the theme of language ideology and how it may be seen to impact on language teaching. Against the current backdrop of increasing nationalism and polarising debates on migration, this volume explores how ideologies underpinning language planning, policy and implementation influence curriculum design, classroom practice and perception of identity. Key to all articles is the dominance of English, a language imbued with notions of prestige, and seemingly promoted as a linguistic globalised currency, essential for accessing future opportunities.

Our invited author for this volume is the scholar Andrea Young, who examines the language ideologies which underpin teaching in a French educational context. in the interview, John O’Regan talks to Alexantra Georgiou about language ideology and the global dominance of English. 

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Anderson, B. (Rev Ed) (1991). Imagined communities. Reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism. London: Verso

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