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Professional Learning: Critical intercultural engagement for teachers - Dr...

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UNSW Australia - Room 119, Level 1 John Goodsell Building

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Critical intercultural engagement for teachers
Presenter: Dr Phiona Stanley

Dates: 1 November 2018
Times: 9am-4pm

The notion of ‘cultural’ identity will be interrogated and various ways of looking at culture will be discussed. Models of culture that seek to establish hard-and-fast rules or fixities will be critiqued, with a more critical, discursive, and intersectional models suggested as more useful in understanding and enabling intercultural encounters including those between teachers and students, and among students fro diverse backgrounds.

The day is divided into content delivery segments and task-based, workshop components in which teachers will work tegtehr to share practice. Together, the sessions aim to build teachers’ skills in identifying, analysing, and solving a range of related intercultural problems of the type commonly encountered in educational settings.

Getting well beyond nationa stereotypes, this professional learning event aims to dig deeper into ‘what is going on’ at an inter/cultural level, so as to enable participants to unpack and solve problems for themselves. There will be time for teachers to apply and test ideas for their own contexts, and feedback will focus on common intercultural problems affecting teachers and students. These include, for example, some students’ silence when faced with open-class teacher questions, and some teachers’ and (some students’) culture boundedness in both language and references. These and other problems will be examined in detail, with solutions suggested and workshopped.


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Dr Phiona Stanley is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education. Her research and teaching is in language education and intercultural competence, and she has published books on intercultural competence in settings including Western teachers working with Chinese students and backpacker tourists learning Spanish in Latin America. Dr Stanley’s background is in English language teaching and she has worked in Peru, Poland, the UK, China, and Qatar. She has been a CELTA trainer, an Editor at Oxford University Press, an academic manager, and an examiner for the University of Cambridge. She has taught on professional development courses for teachers in Australia since 2004.

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