Academic journal article Babel

From the Editor

Academic journal article Babel

From the Editor

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This issue opens a new volume of Babel and is the first that Thompson Gale will distribute globally in electronic form. This is a welcome development, allowing our writers a much wider readership. By way of continuity, however, it is the 50th issue prepared by our Production Manager, Subeditor, and erstwhile Editor, David Vale. The AFMLTA congratulates David on this achievement and records its heartfelt gratitude for his constancy and labour.

The Horwood Lecture is an invited address given at the biennial AFMLTA Congress. This issue opens with an edited version of the last one, given by Angela Scarino of the University of South Australia. Ever an advocate of teachers as educators, Angela analyses the underlying framing of terms bandied about in languages education like 'communication' and 'outcomes'. She shows how acceptance of the preordained meanings attached to such terms constrains how they are used and denies the dynamics of their real meaning as a changing and individual referent emerging from teachers' joint engagement with their students in a classroom about language, an engagement which, in itself, is conducted in language.

Our second article presents a rather sober reflection of the place of language learning in the hierarchy of secondary subjects, as seen through the eyes of Sydney school principals and the provision and conditions for language learning in their schools. …

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