From Solid to Liquid in English Language Education: An action research project exploring the role of teacher perceptions, intersectionality and subtextuality in educating for intercultural competence in a Danish lower seconday school context

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    The following paper offers a short introduction to my PhD project; the purpose, the theoretical framework, research questions and methodological reflections. The project is interdisciplinary drawing on theories on intercultural reflexivity, cultural studies and critical literacy. It is inspired by participatory action research and it explores how three experienced English teachers work with the intercultural dimension in their teaching and how they experiment with the intercultural dimension in two interventions over a period of nine months in the school year 2013-2014.The research focus is on the professional development of the involved teachers. My role as a researcher is that of a consultant who frames the teaching and guides the teachers when they experiment with cultural studies, discourse analysis and intercultural reflexivity. Visual media such as YouTube, Facebook & blogs and the Council of Europe’s Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters through Visual Media form the basis of the texts and media used in the interventions. All classes are audio- and videotaped, teachers are interviewed prior to and after the interventions and students are interviewed in focus groups. The teachers participate in workshops prior to each intervention. The thesis explores if it is possible to educate and collaborate with teachers in such a way that they change perspective from a primarily solid and essentialist view of EFL culture pedagogy to a more liquid, non-essentialist and critical approach. The teachers must be willing to risk and explore new ways of teaching. This paper aims to demonstrate how my empirical work bridges theory and practice pointing at challenges in terms of knowledge, competences and pedagogy. References(Maximum 5)Byram, M. (2008). From foreign language education to education for intercultural citizenship : Essays and reflections. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.Dervin, F., & Liddicoat, A. J. (2013). Linguists for Intercultural education. Nederlands & USA: John Benjamins Publishing Co.Holliday, A. (2011). Intercultural Communication and Ideology , SAGE Publications Ltd, London Ryan, M., & Musiol, H. (2008). Cultural studies : an anthology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.Tsai, Y., & Houghton, S. A. (2010). Becoming intercultural: Inside and outside the classroom. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars publishing.
    StatusUdgivet - 2014
    BegivenhedIALIC International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication - University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
    Varighed: 28 nov. 201430 nov. 2014


    KonferenceIALIC International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication
    LokationUniversity of Aveiro