Mobilising method: Rethinking methodological processes for capturing the context of intercultural language learning

Date: Wednesday 31 July
Time: 1:00pm
Venue: Frank Tate Room, Level 9, 100 Leicester Street
RSVP: Please RSVP to Kate Alexander (klal@unimelb.edu.au) by 24 July.

Current scholarship on intercultural language learning is largely based on interviews and researcher-centred methods to get an understanding of the role of ‘context’ for processes of intercultural language learning and to research multicultural experience in the ‘intercultural field’ (Phipps & Gonzales 2004). Taking into account the multimodal, interactive and reflexive dimensions of intercultural language learning processes, this presentation argues for a rethinking of the more or less static research methods we use on the basis of movement, transformation and a postmodern approach to method.

This change in perspective includes the following three foci: firstly, an understanding of the research process as dynamic and mutual to include the experiences and reflections of the participants as well as the researcher; secondly, a focus on processes of ‘place-making’ and the impact of (global) mobility on language learners; and thirdly a focus on multisensory dimensions of intercultural experience outside the classroom.