Confirmation of Candidature - Yuni Budi LESTARI
INTEGRATION OF LOCAL TEXTS AND CULTURAL PRACTICES IN EFL CLASSROOMS: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF RURAL INDONESIAN SCHOOLS
The recent government education policy in Indonesia on the integration of local texts and cultural practices in English Language Teaching (ELT) aims to develop a sense of cultural identity among students while ensuring the development of their English language proficiency. However, it is not clear how the localisation policy is enacted, what texts and resources are used, and what learning outcomes are produced in schools across the country. This study aims at investigating these questions by observing how English teachers at a rural Indonesian schools respond to the policy, how students experience the policy enactment, and what challenges and opportunities are available for teachers as policy actors. The project reviews literature around language-culture connection, world Englishes, and postmethod pedagogy as well as teacher agency to argue for localisation of ELT practices and developing a theoretical framework. The ethnography of language planning and policy frames the ways in which data will be collected and analysed. The major sources of data include policy and policy-related documents, classroom interactions as well as interviews of a headmaster, teachers, teacher supervisors and students. Policy documents will be analysed following Bowen’s (2009) procedure for document analysis of language policies. Recorded classroom practices will be ethnographically analysed and recorded interviews will be analysed using content analysis. It is expected that the study will bring new insights into the role of local culture in English language teaching and learning in a globalised world.
Date Friday 7 April 2017
Time 10.00am to 12noon
Location Social Science Building 24 St Lucia Campus
PANEL: Professor Bob Lingard (Chair) and Dr Sue Creagh
Principal Advisor: Dr Obaid Hamid Associate Advisor: Professor Peter Renshaw