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Language Learners as Ethnographers Author: Celia Roberts, Michael Byram, Ana Barro, Shirley Jordan, Brian V Street

Paperback - 272 pages
05 Dec 2000
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148


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.

Author Biography:

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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