Authenticity, Culture and Language Learning

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Authenticity, Culture and Language Learning

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dc.contributor.author MacDonald, Malcolm en_GB
dc.contributor.author Badger, Richard en_GB
dc.contributor.author Dasli, Maria en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter; University of Leeds en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-17T11:58:33Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:51:38Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:40:53Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_GB
dc.description.abstract In philosophy, authenticity has been used with two meanings: one entails the notion of correspondence; the other entails the notion of genesis (Cooper, 1983: 15). As in certain branches of philosophy, language teaching has perhaps clung too long to the first of these notions of authenticity at the expense of the other. This paper reviews four key conceptualisations of authenticity which have emerged in the field of applied linguistics: text authenticity, authenticity of language competence, learner authenticity and classroom authenticity. If any of these types of authenticity is couched exclusively in terms of one usage or the other, it can lead to an impoverishment and objectification of the experience of language learning. Text authenticity can lead to a poverty of language; authenticity of competence can lead to a poverty of performance; learner authenticity can lead to a poverty of interpretation; classroom authenticity can lead to a poverty of communication. This paper proposes that a pedagogy of intercultural communication be informed by a more hybrid view of authenticity as a process of subjectification, derived from the Heideggerian concept of self-concern. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Volume 6, Number 3-4, pp. 250-261 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.2167/laic252.0 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/41013 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Multilingual Matters en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.multilingual-matters.net/laic/006/laic0060250.htm en_GB
dc.subject authenticity en_GB
dc.subject English language teaching (ELT) en_GB
dc.subject intercultural communication en_GB
dc.subject self-concern en_GB
dc.title Authenticity, Culture and Language Learning en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-11-17T11:58:33Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:51:38Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:40:53Z
dc.identifier.issn 1470-8477 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Language and Intercultural Communication en_GB


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