Brief Introduction to Language Ecology and Language Instruction


Ecology of Language and Language Instruction written by Okazaki Toshio, the professor of Tsukuba University Japan expounds the questions that young people confronted with in the globalization context and the questions in language instruction (foreign language teaching) in a perspective of ecology of language, and proposes to take an Content-Based Instruction for language class so as to develop the learners’ ecology literacy while training their proficiency in language, and to help the learners to take their paths of sustainable development for their lives. This paper intends to introduce this book to Chinese readers so that the Chinese scholars put emphasis on Ecology of Language and Language Instruction.

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Yang, J. (2014) Brief Introduction to Language Ecology and Language Instruction. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2, 106-110. doi: 10.4236/jss.2014.212015.

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