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Illegitimate Practices Global English Language Education Author: Jacqueline Widin

Paperback - 232 pages
06 Aug 2010
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148 (A5)


This book lays bare the tensions and powerlines which emerge between participants in the volatile international ELT project market place. The book focuses on two international ELT projects and maps the prevailing interests in the field while seeking ways that providers and donors can more equally distribute linguistic, educational and economic resources.


From 'green revolutions' to 'free-market' reforms, the history of international development schemes has been marked by dubious goals and failed potential, most consistently through the privileging of donor interests over local needs and conditions. Widin’s insightful study of two off-shore English language education projects suggests that little has changed as universities and governments in English-dominant countries exploit this growing commodity through the provision and monopolisation of field expertise. Theoretically engaging and richly detailed, Widin’s provocative book is a must-read for all language professionals, and indeed all of us wary of the internationalisation bandwagon now current in education.
Brian Morgan, Glendon College/York University, Canada

Author Biography:

Jacqueline Widin has extensive experience and expertise in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and in teaching and research of tertiary-led pre- and in-service teacher training programs in Australia and in countries outside of Australia. She has a particular interest in the relationship between language and human rights and the sociopolitical dynamics of the English language teaching field. She is currently a senior lecturer with the University of Technology Sydney and manages the TESOL and Linguistics Education programs.

Readership Level:

General, Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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