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Block, David and John Gray. 2016. ‘Just go away and do it and you get marks’: the degradation of language teaching in neoliberal times. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 37 (5) : 481–494.
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Language as a subject
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This paper examines how marketization affected two original teacher preparation programmes and centers on the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) as a specific sort of market driven model. It is argued that classes of this type both list and strenghten a model of English as purely helpful and removed from its social context and a professional activity model which is very instrumental and symbolic of the type of deskilling and disreputing which have in recent decades emerged in many professional sectors.