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ERIC Number: EJ898207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1072-4303
Toward a Pedagogy of Intercultural Understanding in Teaching English for Academic Purposes
Jund, Anne
TESL-EJ, v14 n1 Jun 2010
This paper takes a social constructivist position of culture, identity, and classroom discourse in exploring the "culture talk" of international students in a university English for academic purposes (EAP) course. The analysis focuses on the interactional work being accomplished by the students as they participate in a classroom task about traditional clothing. Results show how participants used cultural affiliations and disaffiliations systematically in their talk to establish competing discourses and to make available multiple identities, which were then taken up and transformed by co-group members. Implications of this study relate communicative practices that take place in university EAP courses and the possibilities for teachers to move beyond a compare-contrast approach to teaching and learning culture toward a pedagogy of intercultural understanding. (Contains 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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