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Editor’s note: Effective teaching and tandem-development come after careful and intensive study and research. We need to learn about our partners’ cultural, linguistic, educational, socio-economic, religious, political, and historical background before we can
a) make sensible and sustainable recommendations to our partners,
b) revise and re-theorize our own TESOL approach within the global context,
c) “decolonize” our minds together (after Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o), and
d) arrive at decisions together about teaching methods and techniques, tempo and intensity, coursebooks and levels, or integration and streaming.
After two-and-a-half years into the project, a lot has changed and grown both at our partner institutions and within our German team, and each new term we are asked to expand our work. This continually widens our perspective and sharpens our research and understanding. It is a good time to take a closer look at what we did and intend to do over the next two-and-a-half years.

Isabel Martin, Karlsruhe, March 2018

 

Research results from the PH Karlsruhe

A new series featuring summaries of our research results will be published on this blog soon, with 14 first academic articles lined up for 2019.

 

Academic blog

Martin, Isabel & Zeck, Johannes (2015-2018 ff.) (eds). Teaching English in Laos: Teach the teachers (bi-directionally).
www.thelaosexperience.com
237 articles, 47 pages, 201,160 visitors from over 213 countries, 1,347,338 visits (30 November 2018)

 

Articles

Martin, Isabel (2018). “Teaching English in Laos: TESOL education and global justice”. Focus on Language. Challenging Language Learning and Language Teaching in Peace and Global Education: From Principles to Practices. Book series: http://www.lit-verlag.de/reihe/eule or Journal of Language, Thought and Education http://www.jlte.in.uz.zgora.pl/. Conference Proceedings. 25 pp.

Dengler, Rebecca (2018). “Teaching English to Lao Adult Beginners: Intercultural barriers to language learning in Western General English course books by the example of Straightforward Beginner“. Focus on Language. Challenging Language Learning and Language Teaching in Peace and Global Education: From Principles to Practices. Book series: http://www.lit-verlag.de/reihe/eule or Journal of Language, Thought and Education http://www.jlte.in.uz.zgora.pl/. Conference Proceedings. 14 pp.

Martin, Isabel, Neilsen, Rod & Weinmann, Michiko (2018). “Teasing the agendas: A comparison of Global Mobility programs for pre-service teachers in two contexts”. In: Nickl, Benjamin, Popenici, Stefan, Blackler, Deane & Skinner, Isabella (eds.). German Transnational Education and Comparative Education Systems: An Update on Research and Practice. Springer Series 2018. 21 pp.

 

Doctoral dissertations

Dengler, Rebecca (2019). in preparation

 

Empirical reports

Kemmarath, Sitha, Martin, Isabel & David Schrep (2018). An analysis of the pilot-teaching project between PH Karlsruhe and SKU Savannakhet: Quantiative and qualitative data & analysis.

 

Conference papers

Martin, Isabel (24.3.2018). “Teaching English in Laos: TESOL education and global justice”. Focus on Language. Challenging Language Learning and Language Teaching in Peace and Global Education: From Principles to Practices. Freiburg, Germany, 22-24 March 2018.

Dengler, Rebecca (24.3.2018). “Teaching English to Lao Adult Beginners: Intercultural barriers to language learning in Western General English course books by the example of Straightforward Beginner”. Focus on Language. Challenging Language Learning and Language Teaching in Peace and Global Education: From Principles to Practices. Freiburg, Germany, 22-24 March 2018.

Martin, Isabel (7.9.2018). “English as a distant language”. Des langues étrangères pour tous: didactique et méthodologie. First international conference of the L’Association en didactique des langues étrangères en Suisse (ADLES). Lausanne, Switzerland, 6.-7.9.2018.

Martin, Isabel (19.9.2018). “Teacher Mobility in a Globalized World”. Research cooperation with Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, 16.-22.9.2018.

 

Other papers

Martin, Isabel (13.11.2018). „Further education of teachers: Lao-German tandem-teaching – culture clash into cross-cultural learning”. Lions Club Karlsruhe-Mitte. Karlsruhe, Germany.

 

Submitted papers

Martin, Isabel, Neilsen, Rod & Weinmann, Michiko (international conference “Educating the Global Citizen”, LMU Munich, 25-28 March 2019). “Juggling Selves: Navigating pre-Service Teaching Experiences in Overseas Contexts”.

Martin, Isabel (international conference “Educating the Global Citizen”, LMU Munich, 25-28 March 2019). ““Decolonise your mind”: A global “study- teach-and-research” project between Germany and Laos”.

 

Theses (Master and Bachelor/State Exam Thesis)

Dengler, Rebecca (2017). Teaching English to Lao adult Beginners: Intercultural barriers to language learning in Western General English course books by the example of “Straightforward Beginner”. 71 pp.

Porscha, Jessica (2018). Teaching English to young learners in Laos: An examination of effects and challenges. 132 pp., with 2 dvds.

Kummetz, Ariane (2018). Lao weaving as cultural heritage – a cross-curricular storytelling project for primary school. 117 pp., Appendix Glossary, Didactic material, interviews 26 pp.

Jakob, Laura (2018).  30 years of teaching English in East Asia: An Appraisal. 37 pp.

Ud-Din, Shirin (2018). Health and education: First steps in medical awareness concerning health issues in Lao schools. 48 pp., Appendix with interviews 27 pp.

Stober, Fabian (2018).  Übungsformate zur Einführung des kardinalen Zahlaspektes – theoretische Fundierung und exemplarisch vergleichende Untersuchung. – Types of exercises to introduce the cardinal aspect of numbers – theoretical foundation and exemplary comparative analysis. 42 pp., Appendix with contrastive analysis of Lao and German math book 22 pp.

Golla, Veronika (2018). The benefits and challenges of study-related global mobility programmes in teacher education: A case study. 93 pp., Appendix interview guide 3 pp.

 

Course papers (“Global English(es): Teaching English in Laos”)

Brecht, Jana (2017). “Language games for the Lao classroom”. 30 pp.

Malchow, Lara (2018). “Reentry shock – are there country-specific variables regarding voluntary work? A case study”. 21 pp., with Appendix 43 pp. (Interviews).

 

Theses in-progress (Bachelor and Master/State Exam Thesis)

Eckhardt, Nico (2019). forthcoming (ICC, teaching, and global citizenship) 

Knecht, Julia (2019). forthcoming (cultural frame-switching and global citizenship)

Biet, Anna-Lena (2019). forthcoming (educating global citizens)

 

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