Western perspectives in applied linguistics in Africa

Sinfree Makoni, Ulrike Meinhof

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-104
Number of pages28
JournalAILA Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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