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ERIC Number: EJ1001892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Culture and Interculturality in the Adult ESL Context in Urban Quebec: A Case Study
Dytynyshyn, Nancy; Collins, Laura
TESL Canada Journal, v30 n1 p45-68 Win 2012
This article examines the treatment of culture and the development of interculturality in the transcripts of a complete 36-hour ESL course organized by a community center in Montreal. The adult participants came from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The adult second-language class has been identified as a potentially rich context for the development of interculturality due to direct contact between students from diverse cultures (Magos & Simopoulos, 2009). However, addressing areas of cultural misunderstandings (discursive fault lines, Menard-Warwick, 2009) may be essential in the process. The research questions relate to the representation of Canadian culture, how the teacher views and approaches cultural issues, and any evidence that this approach promotes intercultural competence. Results show Canada represented as a culturally diverse community with French Canadian culture minimally represented. The teacher emphasized cultural adaptation and commonality of students' experience across cultures. She did not address discursive fault lines in whole-class contexts, but was able to capitalize on the contact between her multiethnic learners to facilitate intercultural communication and the development of relationships of trust with those normally seen as "other." There was insufficient evidence to conclude that her approach promoted interculturality, but we argue that it did provide key elements from which interculturality may develop. (Contains 1 table and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada