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Caribbean Journal of Education

Introduction The story so far

Publication Date: 
April 1998

This issue of our journal is the first, for some time, to focus on language teaching and learning. Its orientation is toward the teaching of English even though we also look at other foreign languages. By speaking of "other foreign languages'' we are taking a stance about the approach to English teaching in the Jamaican classroom, as in other parts of the region. And this stance is that, at the very least, English can not be regarded as the native language of many of the students. The move to that position is there in the history of English teaching in the region, and it is a position discussed in the articles in this issue. To contextualize this and other stances taken by contributors on English teaching today, we look at the history of its becoming, to see its shifts over time, and its enduring effects on the nature of schooling in the Caribbean.

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