Dynamic Ecologies

A Relational Perspective on Languages Education in the Asia-Pacific Region

  • Neil Murray
  • Angela Scarino

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Changing Dynamics Between English Language and Mother Tongues in Asian Contexts

  3. Asian Languages in Australia: The Challenges of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  4. Tensions in the Linguistic Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Anthony J. Liddicoat
      Pages 217-227
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-233

About this book


This volume provides a fascinating glimpse into the complex language ecologies of Southeast Asia. Adopting a relational perspective, it considers their significance for the region, its peoples, the policy and practice of language teaching, learning and assessment and the fate of local languages. It gives particular prominence to the relationship between English and Chinese, its likely transformation at a time of significant global change and the impact that these two languages and their synergy will have on the place of other languages and dialects. Dynamic Ecologies: A Relational Perspective on Languages Education in the Asia-Pacific Region draws on the research and insights of key scholars in the field and provides case studies that illustrate the impact of relevant language policy in countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia.


Asian languages in Australia Chinese language learning Chinese teaching in the Australian classroom English in Malaysia English in Singapore English language and mother tongues in Asian contexts English language learning Global Englishes Japanese language education in Australia Language Policy Asia Pacific Language culture identity Learning Indonesian in Australia World Englishes

Editors and affiliations

  • Neil Murray
    • 1
  • Angela Scarino
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Applied Linguistics S1.74 Social Sciences BuildingUniversity of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Research Centre for Lang. & Cultures School of Comm., Int. Studies & Lang.University of South AustraliaMagillAustralia

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