Sunday, September 25, 2011

on ecology

Canagarajah, S. (2005). Conclusion. Toward a more inclusive applied linguistics and English language teaching: A symposium. TESOL Quarterly 39(4), 745-753.

In general, all the contributions to this symposium are informed by an ecological orientation to language study. This shift requires that we reconsider the dominant paradigms in Western scholarship based on mentalistic or structuralist models that call for a distancing of language from its locality (enmeshed in all kinds of fluidity and hybridity). Though such a corrective has been going on for some time (see Hornberger, 2003), the radical implications of an ecological orientation are yet to transform mainstream research and pedagogy. As we give more importance to contextual and environmental shaping of language communication and education, we will also develop more diversified paradigms for communities, identities, and practices. (p. 748)

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