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Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching by Mike Long

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Chapter 4Philosophical Underpinnings: L'education Integrale

4.1.  TBLT's Philosophical Principles: Origins and Overview

Education of all kinds, not just TBLT as described in this book, serves either to preserve or challenge the status quo, and so is a political act, whether teachers and learners realize it or not. To take a simple example, a language-teaching (LT) textbook storyline and accompanying visuals that feature members of only one gender and/or ethnic group in important roles because that is the way things are organized in the surrounding society will tend, whether intentionally or not, to validate and perpetuate that form of social organization. Conversely, a textbook that features a diverse set of characters in leading roles can help open people's eyes to alternatives and the potential in all people. In Chapter 1, I sketched a few of the powerful forces and sometimes tragic situations that lead many millions of children and adults to become language learners each year. For all those reasons, and given the obvious political implications of a few major world languages – generally those of nations whose strong economies and powerful ...

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