© 2006

Boys and foreign language learning: Real boys don’t do languages


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jo Carr, Anne Pauwels
    Pages 1-4
  3. Jo Carr, Anne Pauwels
    Pages 5-19
  4. Jo Carr, Anne Pauwels
    Pages 20-53
  5. Jo Carr, Anne Pauwels
    Pages 54-88
  6. Jo Carr, Anne Pauwels
    Pages 89-110
  7. Jo Carr, Anne Pauwels
    Pages 111-149
  8. Jo Carr, Anne Pauwels
    Pages 150-163
  9. Jo Carr, Anne Pauwels
    Pages 164-190
  10. Jo Carr, Anne Pauwels
    Pages 191-207
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 208-226

About this book


The authors examine the continuing poor relationship between boys and the study of foreign languages. Framed by discussion of gender socialization, gendered curriculum practices and cultural narratives about boys and schooling, the core of the book is constructed by boys themselves.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyAustralia
  2. 2.The University of Western AustraliaAustralia

About the authors

JO CARR is Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her research work focuses on the interconnection between language, culture and identity, with a particular interest in critical analysis of second/foreign language teaching and learning.

ANNE PAUWELS is Professor of Linguistics and Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on the intersection between language, gender and ethnicity as well as on feminist language planning in a global context. She is author of Women Changing Language.

Bibliographic information


'....the discussion is thorough, lucid and thought of the virtues of this book is its insistence that, even in a single society, the effects of culture and gender are neither uniform nor monolithic...For both researchers and practitioners, their book has much to offer...'

- Deborah Cameron, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development