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ERIC Number: EJ984051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
"We Have Been Living with This Pain": Enquiry-Based Language Learning in Iranian Higher Education
Ghahremani-Ghajar, Sue-san; Mohammadi Doostdar, Hossein; Mirhosseini, Seyyed-Abdolhamid
Teaching in Higher Education, v17 n3 p269-281 2012
This article explores an understanding of "learning" as authentic enquiry and "language" as a social practice of meaning construction as the theoretical perspectives underlying an educational initiation beyond mainstream tertiary language education. With a general ethnographic approach and relying on multiple data sources, we investigate critical practices of teaching medical English in an Iranian university and illustrate a contextualized instance of enquiry-based language learning that embodies enquiry and discovery in two senses: students' research and learning about the content for oneself, and moving away from spoon-feeding views of academic language education to experience language in real social contexts. On this basis, we argue for stepping beyond predetermined content-based approaches to university language teaching and call for "living" the language that is being learned, which involves enquiring, experiencing, discovering, challenging, and owning it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iran