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Routledge Enyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning, 2nd Edition by Adelheid Hu, Michael Byram

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Nationalism

Against a background of awareness of the importance of globalisation for studies of language it is relevant to take a look at the role of ‘the national’ in language teaching and learning – a topic that has received astonishingly little attention in scholarly investigation.

The core of language subjects has for many years been the study of a target language and culture conceived in a national perspective, focusing on a national language in conjunction with its associated national culture (literature, history, ways of life, values). However, languages as school subjects do not have to be nationally oriented. The present national orientation took place in connection with the establishment of nations in Europe and the rest of the world, ...

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