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The Politics of Language Education Individuals and Institutions Edited by: Charles Alderson

Paperback - 248 pages
27 Feb 2009
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148 (A5)


This volume highlights the importance of micropolitics in shaping language education policy, development and projects. Chapters discuss background theory to understanding micropolitics, issues surrounding the research and publication of political behaviour by individuals and institutions, and present a series of case studies in a variety of aspects of language education from a range of different contexts.


The contributions in this book offer eye-opening insights into the role of individuals and institutions in language education policy developments and implementation. It presents a thought-provoking collection of studies from a wide range of social and political contexts that focus on the necessity of recognizing the role of individuals and institutions, and addressing and where possible remedying the negative effects of the advancement of individual micropolitical agendas.
Irena Gyulazyan, American University of Armenia, Linguist List 21.785

This is a brave, honest and challenging book which provides the missing piece in our understanding of the implementation of language education policy, in particular, and the management of change, more generally.
Viv Edwards

This is an important new book presenting nine case studies on the micropolitical agendas of individuals and institutions involved in ELT projects in various parts of the world. It opens windows on some nefarious activities usually hidden from public eyes, but which may be well understood by those who work in the academic and professional worlds of (English) language education.
Roger Barnard, University of Waikato in New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics, 2010, 16 (2) 91-110

Author Biography:

Charles Alderson is Professor of Linguistics and English Language Education at Lancaster University, UK. He was Director of the Revision Project that produced the IELTS test; Scientific Coordinator of DIALANG (www.dialang.org); Academic Adviser to the British Council’s Hungarian English Examination Reform Project; and is former co-editor of the international journal Language Testing and the Cambridge Language Assessment Series (Cambridge University Press). He has taught and lectured in over 50 countries world-wide, been consultant to numerous language education projects, and is internationally well-known for his teaching, research and publications in language testing and assessment, programme and course evaluation, reading in a foreign language and teacher training.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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