Scholarship of Learning Modern Languages in Higher Education: The Constitutive Elements of the Object / Method of Study in ML

By:
Beatriz Vera Lopez
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I am going to discuss the problematic interface between theory and practice in Modern Languages. I am exploring the processes of knowledge generation, ownership of the discipline views of the world and membership of the discipline discursive practices. My focus is in the socializing practices and their relationship with knowledge generation.

I highlight the vantage point of ML in intercultural and interlinguistic matters to give new light to issues related to the ways in which identity and agency are performed through language and the vantage point that ML has in-between languages and cultures to switch from the role of participant to that of observer, from the role of descriptor to the role of actor, from the role of critic to the role of artist. I emphasise as well the relationship between patterns of communication / socialisation of the discipline and the construction of the discipline itself

Teaching has been relegated to the status of a secondary activity, under-represented in the discipline's structures of communication and socialisation. Moreover, teaching is underestimated as a "technical" skill. There is a gap between criticality to social discourse, and awareness of the extent to which learning settings enact the disciplines as well as both their explicit and hidden discourses. Teaching and learning a discipline should be regarded as embodying theoretical and methodological problems of the discipline itself.


Keywords: Modern Languages, Epistemology, Ethics, narratives of life, scholarship of learning Modern Languages
Stream: Knowledge, Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Beatriz Vera Lopez

Lecturer, Department of Hispanic and Latin American Studies, University of Nottingham
FES Zaragoza, UNAM, UK


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