Tensions of language education in Asia

Robert Damian ADAMSON

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This part introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters. The part describes the rise and fall in status of different languages and demonstrates the calamitous impact of exclusive language policies. It focuses on the domination of Western ideas in shaping professional development programmes and details the cultural appropriateness of such approaches, given the rich pedagogical traditions and distinct characteristics of education systems in Asia. The part describes the complexities underpinning policy decisions, implementation and impact and offers an analytical framework for researchers to conduct further studies in the area. It is only to be borne if necessary for some greater good. One day English too, the last lingua-franca to be of service to a multilingual world, will be laid down. Such an event would recast the linguistic landscape of language education throughout Asia. Copyright © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia
EditorsKerry J. KENNEDY, John Chi-Kin LEE
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Electronic)9781315694382
ISBN (Print)9781138908499
Publication statusPublished - 2018


Adamson, B. (2018). Tensions of language education in Asia. In K. J. Kennedy & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia (pp. 489-491). New York: Routledge.


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