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Meeting Foreignness

Foreign Languages and Foreign Language Education as Critical and Intercultural Experiences
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ISBN-13:
9781498560511
Einband:
Ebook
Seiten:
142
Autor:
Paola Giorgis
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The purpose of the book is to highlight the critical and intercultural potential of foreign languages and foreign language education. The book addresses the complexity of the experience of (foreign) languages and offers both theoretical interdisciplinary suggestions and applied examples of activities.
How is Foreignness defined by language? Who has the power to define the ‘foreigner’ as such, on which grounds, from which positioning, for which purposes? And within such premises, which is the role of foreign languages in defining, or challenging, Foreignness? This book reflects on the concept of Foreignness from a special lens, that of foreign languages and Foreign Language Education. Advancing that the experience of foreignness that foreign languages foreground opens up to a different apprehension of the self and the others, this work shows how such experience can problematize, question, and challenge meanings, assumptions, conceptualizations and representations ordinarily taken-for-granted, a much needed reflection at times when prevailing narratives essentialize individuals and groups according to their linguacultural backgrounds.



Though with a global perspective, the book also addresses the Italian context in particular: after introducing a brief historical background, it examines how ‘foreignness’ is addressed, portrayed, or questioned in contemporary socio-cultural and political debates, and presents practical activities to show how the foreign language can be used for intercultural purposes.




An original interdisciplinary approach, combining Critical Linguistics, Foreign Language Education, Intercultural Studies, and Critical Pedagogies, together with works of literature and examples from several fields, integrates theoretical references, practices and research methodologies to take the reader within the complex and fascinating world of languages, displaying how they inform individual and collective identities and representations, and how they can both serve processes of manipulation and domination, as well as those of empowerment and emancipation. For its interdisciplinary and integrated approach, this book aims to address teachers, educators, scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students, but also those readers who are curious to know more about languages, and about how they shape our identities, our meanings and our lives.
Introduction




The Missing Link: Presenting What, How, from Where and to Whom








Part One




Within Praxis






1.The Context




1.1Made in Italies




1.2Native or Foreign?




1.3Languages, Identities, Migrations




2.The Educational Perspective




2.1The Activities




2.1.1Intercultural Grammar




2.1.2Intercultural Poetry




2.1.3Intercultural Citizenship




2.1.4A Comment on the Activities








Part Two




Within Theory






1.Introduction: What’s in a Word?




2.Foreign




3.Language




3.1mOther tongue




3.2Other Languages




3.3Language and Power




4.Education




4.1Critical Pedagogies




5.Critical




6.Intercultural




6.1Intercultural Education




7.Experience








Part Three




Within Research






1.Introducing the Research Study




2.The Contexts




3.The Participants




4.Methodology and Data Collecting




4.1General Considerations on Methodology




4.2Data Collecting: Sampling




4.3Some Issues Regarding Data Collecting




4.3.1In/Out Issue




4.3.2Objectivity/Subjectivity




4.3.3Ethical Issues




4.4Interviews and Back-talk Focus Groups




4.4.1Motivation and Procedures




4.4.2Theoretical References




5.Analysis of Data




5.1Main Principles




5.1.1Reflexivity




5.1.2Text Construction and Rhetorical Figures




5.1.3Dialogue Between the Data and the Framework




5.1.4Triangulation and Accountability




6.The Findings




7.Discussion




7.1On the Study




7.2On the Research Methods






Part Four




Meeting Foreignness. Foreign Language Education as a Critical (and) Intercultural Experience






1.Meeting Foreignness




2.Foreign Language Education as a Critical (and) Intercultural Experience




2.1English and English Language Teaching




2.2English as a Foreign Language and English as a Lingua Franca




2.3English as a Lingua Franca and English Language Teaching. An Impossible Match?




3.Foreign Languages and the Intercultural




4.What’s Next?




4.1How to Do It








A Final Note




The Bigger Picture. A Few Remarks on Some fin-de-siècle Fascinations

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