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Transformative learning has been widely used in the field of adult education for over twenty years, but until recently has received little attention in the field of world languages. Drawing on best practices and the research of distinguished international world language experts, this volume provides theoretical and classroom-tested models of transformative education in world languages at major university, state and governmental programs. Chapters outline theoretical frameworks and detail successful models from cutting-edge programs in a wide range of languages, with plenty of examples included to make the theory accessible to readers not yet familiar with the concepts. Classroom teachers, program administrators and faculty developers at every level of instruction will find support for their courses. With its innovative approach to the teaching and learning of languages, this volume is a seminal text in transformative language learning that will stimulate discussions and innovation in the language field for years to come.


‘This volume will prove itself as the leading book on transformative language learning and teaching. It is comprehensive, examines an extensive array of contexts and issues, and its authors write with authority and precision. Methods instructors, directors of language programs, graduate program pedagogues, language center directors - all will find this book a valuable resource for all aspects of this new perspective on language learning and teaching.'

Catherine Baumann - The University of Chicago

'Kudos to authors and editors! This is an ambitious, inspiring, and superbly organized volume that will undoubtedly become a standard for pre-service language educators and in-service language professionals. Each chapter provides a concise history of where the profession has been and how the principles of transformative language learning and teaching can provide a road map for ensuring competent, reflective, and committed language users.'

Elvira Swender - Director, Emerita, ACTFL Professional Programs

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