Article published in:World Applied Linguistics: A Celebration of AILA at 40
Edited by Susan M. Gass and Sinfree Makoni
[AILA Review 17] 2004
► pp. 77–104
Western perspectives in applied linguistics in Africa
The aim of this article is to analyze the nature of the historical and contemporary social contexts within which applied linguistics in Africa emerged, and is currently practiced. The article examines the challenges ‘local’ applied Linguistics in Africa is confronted with as it tries to amplify applied linguistic programs emanating from Europe and North America. The article argues that seemingly progressive applied linguistic projects interconnect in consolidating a western view of Africa in postcolonial Africa. In this way these projects end up mirroring the very theories which they seek to challenge.
Keywords: Western and local perspectives, applied linguistics in Africa
Published online: 04 February 2005
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