Book published on applied linguistics as a discipline of design
Applied linguistics is clearly a discipline of design. That is the theme of a new book by ICELDA director Albert Weideman. Published this month by Springer, and entitled Responsible design in applied linguistics: theory and practice (http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319417295), it is already attracting positive reviews.
One reviewer calls it a “timely volume [that] provides a cogent account of the major conceptual approaches in applied linguistics … over the last fifty years… well-grounded … a comprehensive synthesis of the philosophies underlying language learning and instruction. A welcome reference…”
Pitched as a framework for interpreting the development of applied linguistics as a discipline, it asks questions that are seldom asked: Where does the discipline derive from? Where is it heading? What directions has it already taken? Which direction should it embrace in future? What is the relative worth of all of the variation in design and methods that have been developed by applied linguists? Perhaps the most important question of all is already in the title: how do we responsibly design language tests and language courses, the prime artefacts of applied linguistics?