Ethnographic Research for ELT


  1. Hi mister this is my assignment

    The overall goal: to develop a better understanding of the social process that affect NNEST’s. Interviews a long with observations & field notes were employed in order to obtain background information, knowledge, register feelings, opinions, & behavioral data. These means were used in order to give an open, holistic form the study.

    The study was conducted were in the language school of the university of guanajuato.

    The participants of the study: the demand for teachers is so great that native english speakers can’t possibly supply all the language education needs of Mexico.

    The role of the research :
    a. With the interview
    b. With field notes

    The participant were observer.

    The data analyzed by the interview & field notes.

    The pattern were identified: The writer chose ethnographic research methods for this study. Ethnographic research can be defined as the elaboration of a description/portrait of a culture/group of people by an observer/participant researcher. It is a type of qualitative research which is considered to be synonymous with social research. Ethnographic field work was first used by anthropologist who wished to study a society/some aspect of a society culture/group in depth.

    The conclusions : This study looked at a group of non native english language teachers using an ethnographic approach in order to discover whether the native/non native distinction has had any repercussions in the respondents’ professional & personal lives.

    Learning from their experiences & from observing the context in which they work, my research suggest that such an impact does exist. The respondents in the stud have perceived it, they have experienced it & are indeed aware of the crucial significance of the native/non native labelling to their professional status as ELT practitioners. Unfortunately for the NNESTs, as the literature on this matter shows, many language teachers will experiences problems with professional self-esteem & self confidence regarding their language proficiency.

    The pedagogical implications of the study: NNESTs should never stop investing in their language skills. It should seek opportunities to continue studying & improving their language skills. This not only will reflect in their teaching’practice & level of professionalism, but also, they will be gaining confidence as language users.

    This characteristic needs to be clearly emphasized to the students . If they are to communicate in a multicultural word with people from different cultures, ethnocities & languages, students will have to learn how to promote their identify in & through the english language. Language interaction will occur not only with NSs, but also between non native speakers, there by eliminating. The need for the acquisition of native like competence to be an effective language user. Thus, neither teachers nor students needs to sound like americans to be successful language users in their journey into the global community with the use of english.

  2. Hi all,

    After discussing the topic above, read Delgado’s study report entitled “Students’ Views of Mexican Nationals as English Teachers” (click here to access the article) and answer the questions that follow.

    1. What was the overall goal of the ethnographic study?
    2. Where was the study conducted?
    3. Who were the participants of the study?
    4. What was the role of the ethnographer? Was she a participant observer?
    5. How long did the investigation take? What data were gathered?
    6. How were the data analyzed?
    7. What patterns were identified?
    8. What conclusions were reached? Do they seem justified in light of the data that was presented?
    9. What were the pedagogical implications of the study? Do they seem warranted in light of the findings of the study?

    Good luck!

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