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Reading With My Eyes Open: Embracing the critical and the personal in language pedagogy

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Gerdi Quist, University College London

Copyright Year: 2013

ISBN 13: 9781909188211

Publisher: Ubiquity Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Sarah Knowles, Professorial Lecturer, American University on 2/24/21

The text is extremely comprehensive in its discussion of various approaches to foreign language teaching over the years. The discussions of culture/intercultural theories are also very robust. The integration of language teaching theories with... read more

Reviewed by Xue Song, Adjunct Chinese Instructor, Bunker Hill Community College on 5/31/20

Although the book is based on the author's classroom study, it provides information related to basic concepts. The holistic introduction of theories and the unique classroom practice of the author in language education are organized in a concise... read more

Reviewed by Jack Peterson, Associate Professor of English Language Teaching, Taylor University on 4/9/19

The text gives a comprehensive treatment of how liberal humanist and instrumentalist approaches to education have informed the language classroom. read more

Reviewed by Andrea Emerson, Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University on 2/21/19

This text covers the rich history of language pedagogy from two important perspectives. Both the critical and the personal lenses for studying and questioning language and text are unpacked for the reader at length in the first half of the book. ... read more

Reviewed by Mikel Cole, Assistant Professor, Clemson University on 2/1/18

The author is clear that this textbook is "based on a classroom study exploring a particular intercultural approach to language teaching", she does a commendable job situating her cultuurtekst approach to language teaching in historical context.... read more

Reviewed by Karin Sprow Forté, Professor-in-Charge, ESL, Penn State Harrisburg on 2/1/18

The text provides a comprehensive view of two theoretical approaches (traditional, instrumental vs. liberal humanist) to language teaching in a UK university and discusses how their underlying theoretical assumptions ground language teaching... read more

Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1 Tensions Between the Old and the New: The Influence of Educational Ideologies on Language TeachingChapter 2 Culture Pedagogy: Some Theoretical Considerations

  • Teaching Culture
  • Language in Relation to Culture
  • Social and Cultural Views of Language

Chapter 3 Being Intercultural Through Texts: The Student as Text Ethnographer

  • Intercultural Communication in Language Teaching
  • Texts

Chapter 4 Context of Teaching and ResearchChapter 5 Tensions in the Classroom

  • Lesson 1: Text as ‘Text'
  • Lesson 2: Cultuurtekst

Chapter 6 Conclusion: Embracing Tensions

  • The Research Findings

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  • About the Book

    Untangling the various approaches to language teaching and their history, Gerdi Quist maps recent thinking in language studies at university. Using an interdisciplinary theoretical framework, drawn from educational philosophy, cultural studies, intercultural studies and language pedagogy, the author discusses the many tensions and currents in contemporary language teaching. The author puts forward an alternative pedagogy, that of a cultuurtekst-perspective, which engages learners at complex linguistic and cultural levels. In discussing the case study in which this approach is tested, the author develops her argument for embracing various critical perspectives through the personal engagement of students. From the start the author acknowledges her own engaged position as a language teacher in a liberal humanistic educational environment. She adopts a self-critical perspective through which her engagement with adverse student reaction leads to deepening insights both for the author and her students as part of the non-linear process of learning. Gerdi Quist teaches Dutch language and lectures on multiculturalism and intercultural communication. Recent publications included a book chapter and journal articles on language pedagogy and intercultural communication.

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Gerdi Quist. Lecturer in Dutch. Currently researches language-and-culture teaching and the development of language learning materials from a social semiotic perspective. As well as publishing theoretical articles on the issue, she has also produced self-study materials for Dutch as a Foreign Language.

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