A Cultural Studies Approach to Interculturality in English Language Teaching

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This presentation is concerned with how global education performs on a local level in a Danish education context. It bridges education research from lower secondary school to teacher education. I will present the main results from my doctoral work Teaching Interculturality: Developing and Engaging in Pluralistic Discourses in English Language Teaching (Svarstad, 2016) and relate the results to data generated from one of my English classes at University College Copenhagen. The doctoral work was based on critical participatory action research and its purpose was to explore and develop a theoretical and pedagogical foundation for the teaching of interculturality. In Denmark, foreign languages are taught through textbooks, interactive portals with prescribed learning objectives, and texts and media links are mainly based on global popular culture. The study’s theoretical framework was based on the interrelated fields of Cultural Studies, critical intercultural communication and critical media literacy. The interventions demonstrated that knowledge of three key concepts Intersectionality, othering & subtextuality supported the teachers’ conceptualisation and development of a metalanguage, which qualified teacher decisions on learning objectives and selection criteria for global texts and media. On my return to teacher education, I explored a Cultural Studies approach with my students and the data I will present from teacher education are based on an intercultural competence module. I have analysed 18 student portfolios and 16 exam synopses. Student portfolios and exam synopses revealed that a Cultural Studies approach provided the students with a metalanguage for culture analysis and intercultural learning processes which substantiated analyses of textbook and portal teaching material, inspired global approaches to lessons plans and supported innovative design. I will present student data on representation and gender, and student data on globalisation and innovative intercultural learning. Finally, I will point at the study’s implications for teacher education and future research regarding educating the Global citizen.
Publikationsdato27 mar. 2019
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 27 mar. 2019
BegivenhedEducating the Global Citizen: International Perspectives on Foreign Language Teaching in the Digital Age - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Tyskland
Varighed: 25 mar. 201928 mar. 2019


KonferenceEducating the Global Citizen: International Perspectives on Foreign Language Teaching in the Digital Age


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