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Transforming epistemological invisibility: (re)claiming intercultural learning within an ESOL teacher education programme

Transforming epistemological invisibility: (re)claiming intercultural learning within an ESOL teacher education programme

Chopra, Priti (2011) Transforming epistemological invisibility: (re)claiming intercultural learning within an ESOL teacher education programme. In: American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference 2011: In the Changing Contexts of Globalization, 26-29 Mar 2011, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper analyses critiques, shared by first generation migrant ESOL(English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher ‘trainees’, on officially validated dominant perceptions of professional competency and identity within an ESOL teacher education programme. Drawing on the work of Street and Lea (1999;2000) and Dahlstrom (2006) this paper seeks to address the following questions:

• What type of issues related to voice, visibility and agency are involved in officially validated conceptualisations of ESOL teaching competency and professional identity?

• How is the learning trajectory of first generation migrant ESOL teacher trainees impacted on by issues of power and representation?

• How do they critique ESOL teaching/learning practice in terms of second language acquisition theory, teaching methodology and reflective practice?

Through ethnographic vignettes I (re)present the multicultural practices and identities of first generation migrant ESOL teacher ‘trainees’ as forms of (un)validated knowledge. I examine how intersectionality in terms of ethnicity, class, age, religion and gender impacts on their learning and learning identities. I consider how a process of (re)claiming intercultural learning (see Collard and Wang 2005) may encourage a more active engagement with the (un)validated knowledge and socio-cultural realities of minority groups of ESOL teacher ‘trainees’. Based on a twelve month ethnographic style study on a pre-service ESOL teacher education programme, this paper strives to provide insights into ‘other’ realities which form a part of the subjective processes through which diverse polyvocal situated gendered first generation migrant ESOL teacher ‘trainees’ understand, use and create knowledge to write themselves into multilayered representations. Through the use of data collection methods such as: participation observation, semi-structured interviews, and focus group discussions my presentation provides an account of historical practices not possessing a ‘knowing’ of ESOL teacher ‘trainees’ but rather miming the route of how I could not ‘know’ without their voice (Spivak 1999).

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ESOL, teacher education, learning identities, intercultural learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Professional Learning & Development
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:15
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5698

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