Journal article

Powerful pedagogies in languages education


Babel | Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association | Published : 2015


In recent debates about curriculum, Young (2008, p. 101) has proposed school learning must involve initiation into the "powerful knowledge" of the disciplines that underpin subject domains, thereby "giving students the tools to think the unthinkable". Opponents query whether such knowledge is available in subjects such as modern languages, or propose that accessing powerful knowledge is only a potential of subjects, and that its realisation rests on the use of powerful pedagogies (Roberts, 2010; White, 2013). At the espoused level, the powerful concepts to be met in language learning are clearly recognised in the curricula of English speaking countries; yet in practice, modern languages educ..

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