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    “Education Is All About Opportunities, Isn’t It?”

    A Biographical Perspective on Learning and Teaching English in Sri Lanka

    David Hayes
    In this article, David Hayes explores the language learning and teaching experiences of a teacher of English in Sri Lanka. He shows how the acquisition of English enabled the teacher to access the social capital available to speakers of English, which holds a divisive place in postcolonial Sri Lankan society. In his reflections on his career, this teacher grants primary importance to the opportunities offered by education in general, not the benefits of acquiring English. This complements his commitment to improving the life chances of children from less advantaged groups in Sri Lanka. Hayes contends that the richness of the teacher’s portrayal of his career, and the meanings of English and education for him, offers an opportunity to understand the place of English within a particular sociocultural context.

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    David Hayes is currently the graduate program director in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Brock University in Ontario. Prior to moving to Canada, he spent much of his career working on bilateral education projects in South and Southeast Asia, including a six-year period as team leader of a British government–funded project in Sri Lanka. His recent research work has appeared in such journals as the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Language Teaching Research, System, and TESOL Quarterly. He has also edited a number of books on language teacher education.
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    Winter 2010 Issue

    Abstracts

    A Celebratory Pause—The 80th Anniversary of the Harvard Educational Review
    Legacy and Vision
    HER Editorial Board 2010–2011
    Learning to Laugh
    A Portrait of Risk and Resilience in Early Childhood
    Travis Wright
    White Institutional Presence
    The Impact of Whiteness on Campus Climate
    Diane Lynn Gusa
    Unseen Workers in the Academic Factory
    Perceptions of Neoracism Among International Postdocs in the United States and the United Kingdom
    Brendan Cantwell and Jenny J. Lee
    “Education Is All About Opportunities, Isn’t It?”
    A Biographical Perspective on Learning and Teaching English in Sri Lanka
    David Hayes
    Embedded, Emboldened, and (Net)Working for Change
    Support-Seeking and Teacher Agency in Urban, High-Needs Schools
    Lauren Anderson

    Book Notes

    Waiting for “Superman”
    Davis Guggenheim (Director)

    Saving Schools
    Paul E. Peterson

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