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Title: Culturally-sensitive pedagogical practices in ESL education: Are they equitable in global world economies?
Author: BĂ©atrice Sylvie Boufoy-Bastick
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Institution: University of the West Indies
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This paper demonstrates that supporting cultural diversity and not jeopardising educational attainments in second language learning for all cultural groups in a multi-cultural context are in fact conflicting goals. It argues that culture is a major determinant of teaching practices and that differing culturally-determined practices yield differential attainments in second language education. This major research finding has emerged from a four-year ethnographic study on English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching conducted in Fiji secondary schools. This finding is of significance because language learning is promoted as a means of preserving cultural diversity; yet this valued diversity can carry the penalty of lower attainment. Two controversial orientation options are discussed: (i) a philosophically humanistic culturally-sensitive orientation and (ii) an economically-driven social development orientation.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress


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