El 20 de enero pasado, ELE-UK organizó un seminario titulado “De la práctica en el aula a la investigación de ELE“. Durante el seminario, la Dr. Matilde Gallardo nos presentó una ponencia titulada ‘Diasporic Identities’: Identidades transculturales: el recorrido profesional del profesorado de ELE en el RU.
Matilde ha aceptado compatir su presentación Power Point en nuestro blog y también responder en inglés algunas preguntas sobre su trabajo de investigación.
Matilde, tell us about your current project Transcultural identities: trajectories of language teachers
This project investigates how teachers of modern languages in Britain construct their professional identities through a process of self-enquiry and reflection on their beliefs and values as transcultural and translingual individuals. As language teachers, they operate in a world of translations and reconfigurations of national themes and cultural references, representations, images and concepts, which makes them representatives of the concept of “transculturality”, (Welsch 1995), and the idea of the “transnational” (Assmann, 2014). Their sustained immersion in another linguistic and cultural medium for long periods of time and their personal and professional cultural experiences are bound to have an impact on their individual’ sense of self. Their transcultural experiences not only shape their personal lives, but their professional ones too as their beliefs are influenced by past experiences as much as by new contextual factors, which determine the values and attitudes they transmit to their learners.
The aim of this project is to analyse modern language teachers’ self-narrated accounts of their professional and personal histories and how these might inform their practice. As they move in cross-cultural and linguistic spaces, their testimonies look beyond the border of nations and explore new forms of belonging and cultural identification.
This project is part of the Diasporic Identities strand within the Language Acts and Worldmaking flagship AHRC Open World Research Initiative project, led by King´s College London, https://languageacts.org/, which aims to regenerate and transform modern language learning by foregrounding language’s power to shape how we live and make our worlds. The Diasporic Identities strand takes an applied approach by working with language teachers and seeks to understand how teachers see themselves in their role as mediators between languages and cultures and how they perform this role in their teaching practice.
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