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Critical Perspectives on Language Education

Australia and the Asia Pacific

  • Katie Dunworth
  • Grace Zhang


  • Provides a clear theory/practice nexus on multilingual education

  • Based on fresh empirical data from Chinese, English, Japanese, and Tamil

  • Includes contributions from a multicultural and multilingual perspective


Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 11)

About this book


The studies in this volume investigate how multilingual education involves a critical engagement with questions of identity and culture, and a movement towards new ways of being and belonging. It addresses previously under-explored issues, in particular the integration of theories like ‘thirdness’, and practices of language education and maintenance with relevance to the Asia-Pacific region. The analyses reveal the delicate balance of interests of all stakeholders and offer detailed insights into the reality of multilingual education, with specific examples of Chinese, English, Japanese and Tamil. In a globalised world, effective language education has become increasingly important, and the studies presented here have the potential to inform and advance evidence-based multilingual education through adding important dimensions of theoretical exploration and fresh empirical resources.

In learning a second language, neither do you fully accommodate yourself to the target culture nor merely stick to your original self. Rather, you engage in negotiations to create your new identities in “the third place.” Critical Perspectives on Language Education explores the current problems of multilingual education from this new angle, with concrete examples from the Asia-Pacific region. This volume provides a number of valuable insights both for educational policies and pedagogical practice in the face of the highly dynamic and fluid nature of cross-cultural interact

ions today.

Nobuyuki Hino, Osaka University, Japan


Asian English language teachers Chinese in Australian schools Cross-cultural competence training Effective language education practices Functional English and Chinese as medium of in... Identity and culture in Asia Pacific Implications for critical intercultural education Implications for language education Intercultural teacher empathy Learner's emotional facial expressions adn body language in ELT MOI Practices of language education in Asia Pacific R... Second generation Japanese speaking children i... Tamil language in multilingual Singapore WACE examination in Japanese as a heritage la... Wellbeing and belonging Australasia Asia Pacific

Editors and affiliations

  • Katie Dunworth
    • 1
  • Grace Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of BathBathUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Humanities DepartmentCurtin UniversityBentleyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Critical Perspectives on Language Education
  • Book Subtitle Australia and the Asia Pacific
  • Editors Katie Dunworth
    Grace Zhang
  • Series Title Multilingual Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Multilingual Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-06184-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35769-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-06185-6
  • Series ISSN 2213-3208
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-3216
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 231
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Sociology of Education
    Applied Linguistics
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“This book, which brings together several perspectives on language education, mostly from Western Australia, consists of eleven chapters. … this volume makes a useful addition to the scholarship about language education. Some of the chapters will be of particular interest to scholars interested in critical education, language contact and language maintenance.” (Achilleas I. Kostoulas, The Linguist List, July, 2015)