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Teaching ethnography as Modern Languages method: legacies and future practices for global citizens

Teaching ethnography as Modern Languages method: legacies and future practices for global citizens
Teaching ethnography as Modern Languages method: legacies and future practices for global citizens
Most modern languages degrees in the UK include a Residence Abroad component, the key aims of which are to help students acquire a greater understanding of a new language and culture and to develop research skills. While the acquisition of linguistic competences has been well documented, cultural learning on the year abroad is less well researched. This article is based on an innovative pedagogic project carried out at the University of Southampton, in which students were provided with training in ethnographic methods and digital skills prior to their year abroad. This training was designed to foreground the process of cultural encounter and learning that students go through in order to carry out their individual Year Abroad Research Projects (YARPs). The paper will present results based on our analysis of the ‘raw data’ collected by students for their individual ethnographic YARPs, as well as individual interviews, focus group discussions, and the students’ reflective blog posts. It also draws on evidence from a semester long module entitled ‘Learning about Culture: Introduction to Ethnography’. We will highlight the main areas of successful cultural learning, and the places in which students come up against obstacles in their ethnographic encounters.
Ethnography and Modern Languages
0790-8318
285-298
Demossier, Marion
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Bernasek, Lisa
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Armbruster, Heidi
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Demossier, Marion
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Bernasek, Lisa
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Armbruster, Heidi
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Demossier, Marion, Bernasek, Lisa and Armbruster, Heidi (2019) Teaching ethnography as Modern Languages method: legacies and future practices for global citizens. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 32 (3), 285-298. (doi:10.1080/07908318.2019.1661685).

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Most modern languages degrees in the UK include a Residence Abroad component, the key aims of which are to help students acquire a greater understanding of a new language and culture and to develop research skills. While the acquisition of linguistic competences has been well documented, cultural learning on the year abroad is less well researched. This article is based on an innovative pedagogic project carried out at the University of Southampton, in which students were provided with training in ethnographic methods and digital skills prior to their year abroad. This training was designed to foreground the process of cultural encounter and learning that students go through in order to carry out their individual Year Abroad Research Projects (YARPs). The paper will present results based on our analysis of the ‘raw data’ collected by students for their individual ethnographic YARPs, as well as individual interviews, focus group discussions, and the students’ reflective blog posts. It also draws on evidence from a semester long module entitled ‘Learning about Culture: Introduction to Ethnography’. We will highlight the main areas of successful cultural learning, and the places in which students come up against obstacles in their ethnographic encounters.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 December 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 5 September 2019
Published date: 2019
Keywords: Ethnography and Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 436346
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/436346
ISSN: 0790-8318
PURE UUID: c6a4c520-bd99-4c93-a868-e76c122b711f
ORCID for Marion Demossier: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6075-1461

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Date deposited: 06 Dec 2019 17:30
Last modified: 22 Nov 2021 03:02

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Author: Lisa Bernasek

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