World Applied Linguistics: A Celebration of AILA at 40. AILA Review, Volume 17
  • ISSN 1461-0213
  • E-ISSN: 1570-5595
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The aim of this article is to analyze the nature of the historical and contemporary social contexts within which applied linguistics in Africa emerged, and is currently practiced. The article examines the challenges ‘local’ applied Linguistics in Africa is confronted with as it tries to amplify applied linguistic programs emanating from Europe and North America. The article argues that seemingly progressive applied linguistic projects interconnect in consolidating a western view of Africa in postcolonial Africa. In this way these projects end up mirroring the very theories which they seek to challenge.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): applied linguistics in Africa; Western and local perspectives
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