Lecture: Pluralistic Approaches in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

Lecture: Pluralistic Approaches in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

The School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics invites you to attend a lecture by Professor Antoinette Camilleri Grima, University of Malta    
 
Title: Pluralistic Approaches in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
 
Friday, 20th September, 2019
9.00 – 11.00
Venue: A1052
 
 
Abstract:
Foreign language pedagogy has witnessed a paradigm shift in recent years. In the later decades of the twentieth century we taught from a positivist perspective, whereby the learner was obliged to try their best to communicate like the ideal native speaker-hearer, and where there was no better model than a teacher who was a native speaker of the target language. We took it for granted that we all knew who the native speaker was. Eventually, not only was the notion of native-speaker challenged (e.g. Davies, 1991, 2003, 2013), but fresh perspectives like those emerging from sociocultural theory (e.g. Lantolf, 2000), an appreciation of the learner’s first language in the classroom (Levine, 2011), and learner autonomy (e.g. Dam & Legenhausen, 2017) brought forward a re-consideration of beliefs on foreign language teaching and learning.
Nowadays, the majority of learners arrive in our classrooms already equipped with knowledge of other languages, having different first languages and often arriving from far away. Therefore, to answer the needs of today’s plurilingual learners and societies, and in line with postmodernist theory, the Council of Europe is promoting pluralistic approaches in language education. Pluralistic approaches promote learning activities involving more than one variety of languages and/or cultures, while paying attention to Knowledge, Attitudes and Skills (Candelier et al., 2012). These approaches seek to facilitate the continuous development and enrichment of individual learners’ plurilingual and pluricultural competence.
 
Short bio:
Antoinette Camilleri Grima is full professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Languages and Humanities at the University of Malta. In addition to her university teaching and research in language pedagogy, she has taught Maltese as a foreign language to translators working for the European Union institutions. She has authored two radio series in Maltese as a foreign language, and has co-ordinated a number of Council of Europe workshops in the area of modern languages. She has published several books and many articles in internationally refereed journals on language education, bilingual education, intercultural competence, learner autonomy and Maltese sociolinguistics. Camilleri Grima's current research deals with pluralistic approaches in language education.