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The Standards Movement and ELT for School-Aged Learners: Cross-National Perspectives

McKay, Penelope A. (2007) The Standards Movement and ELT for School-Aged Learners: Cross-National Perspectives. In Cummins, Jim & Davison, Chris (Eds.) International handbook of English language teaching. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 439-456.

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Abstract

This chapter describes and discusses issues in the standards movement in ELT in relation to school-aged learners. Two broad types of standards are addressed: Firstly, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) standards that are written for English as a subject in the school curriculum, which is studied along common pathways by the majority of students; secondly, ESL standards that are written for ESL learners studying in an English-speaking environment, generally with English as the medium of instruction. Common "literacy" standards used to assess ESL learners are also discussed. Research in ELT standards is conceptualized as being three areas of work: the development of ELT standards, the critiquing of ELT standards, and empirical research into ELT standards. References to ELT standards from around the world are provided throughout, as are references to literature in the area. A central thesis in the chapter is that despite variations amongst ELT standards, inevitable because of policy, purpose, and contextual factors, there is a common core of issues and understandings that can and should draw the area of work together. Suggestions for further research, emphasizing the need for sharing of activity, are given.

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ID Code: 15213
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-46301-8_32
ISBN: 9780387463001
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Springer
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 15:37

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