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Table of Contents

Dedication List of Tables List of Figures Acknowledgements Chapter One: Decolonizing Primary English Language Teaching (PELT) Chapter Two: Indigenous Peoples and English in Mexico Chapter Three: Los de la Banda (The Gang Members) Chapter Four: The Children Chapter Five: Language Practices and Ideologies Chapter Six: Praxicum and Change Chapter Seven: Student Teachers and Children as Authors and Language Subjects Chapter Eight: Decolonizing PELT: Grounded Principles References

About the Author

Mario E. Lopez-Gopar is Professor at the Faculty of Languages of the Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, Mexico. His main research interest is the intercultural and multilingual education of Indigenous peoples in Mexico.


This is a remarkable book. In a precise, theoretically well-documented, yet engaging narrative, the reader is situated within contexts where the voices of the participants (trainee teachers, young students and researchers) provide fascinating insights into how they experienced being confronted with a critical vision of English and their own languages from the perspective of colonial difference. Anne-Marie de Mejia, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia This book represents an important addition to critical views of English language teaching. It is truly innovative, not only in its theoretical stance and in the research project which is at its heart, but also in the original way it is narrated. Lopez-Gopar gives both a voice and a face to those who are usually silenced in ELT, making this book a highly engaging and thought-provoking must-read for all those involved in the field of English language teaching. Sue Garton, Aston University, UK This book is a thrilling departure from mainstream academia in three ways: teaching English to underprivileged indigenous children in Mexico is a provocation for the status quo; teaching the Empire's language without reproducing its dominant values is close to blasphemy in the trade; and letting those children create their voice through empowerment in English stops just short of a pedagogical revolution. This action research boldly integrates Latin American theory on pedagogy and colonialism with Western critical thought. Rainer Enrique Hamel, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico

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