Language Learners as Ethnographers

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Celia Roberts
Multilingual Matters, 2001 - Education - 266 pages
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This book looks at the role of cultural studies and intercultural communication in language learning. The book argues that learners who have an opportunity to stay in the target language country can be trained to do an ethnographic project while abroad. Borrowing from anthropologists' the idea of cultural fieldwork and 'writing culture', language learners develop their linguistic and cultural competence through the study of a local group. This book combines a theoretical overview of language and cultural practices with a description of ethnographic approaches and materials specifically designed for language learners.
 

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Contents

New Goals
3
Introducing Cultural Learning into the Language
18
Theoretical Issues in Language and Cultural Practices
44
Representations Discourses and Practices
64
Ethnography for Linguists
88
A Case Study
101
Developing the Principles for an Ethnography Course
114
The Ethnography Class
151
The Student Ethnography Projects
185
An Ethnographic Experience
210
Conclusions and New Perspectives
229
Bibliography
248
Index
261
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Celia Roberts is a Senior Research Fellow at King's College, London, Michael Byram is Professor of Education at the Durham University, Ana Barro is at University of Passau, Germany, Shirley Jordan is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and Brian Street is Professor of Language Education, King's College, London.

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