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Winner of Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize awarded
by Modern Language Association


"Develops an informed, comprehensive discussion of the impact of globalization on language education. Through detailed descriptions and personal experiences, Kumaravadivelu offers a compelling and sophisticated examination of how Western notions of cultural assimilation, cultural pluralism, and cultural hybridity influence language education. The book is an essential read for those involved in reconfiguring foreign language programs that emphasize the acquisition of both language and culture. The book successfully distinguishes itself from other books on this topic by offering practical suggestions for language practitioners and researchers who want to further explore the sophisticated nature of cultural globalization and language education." —from Award Citation


"There is a definite need for a work of this kind for use in 'language education.'"—Professor Robert Phillipson, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

"Kumaravadivelu makes a new and necessary contribution to our knowledge of intercultural issues. In an unprecedented manner, the nature of culture and its place in language education is set against the complex politics of cultural globalization. He succeeds in presenting a powerful critique of the standard ways in which the language teaching profession has reduced the foreign Other. A broadly inter-disciplinary approach and the use of his personal experience as a multicultural migrant enables him to put aside the narrow definitions that have inhibited true cultural sensitivity." — Professor Adrian Holliday, Canterbury Church University, Canterbury, England