Sociocultural awareness, cultural perspectives and strategies in language assistants' academic papers in Spain

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Sociocultural awareness, cultural perspectives and strategies in language assistants' academic papers in Spain

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Title: Sociocultural awareness, cultural perspectives and strategies in language assistants' academic papers in Spain
Author: Vitalaru, Bianca
Abstract: Este artículo incluye un análisis de trabajos académicos que se centran en aspectos culturales escritos por estudiantes de máster en el programa ‘Teach & Learn in Spain’ en el Instituto Franklin-UAH. El porcentaje de trabajos académicos de estas características escritos por estos estudiantes que actuaron como auxiliares de conversación (AC) en colegios bilingües en España es bastante alto, lo que sugiere la importancia del componente cultural en la enseñanza del inglés como segunda lengua y su alto nivel de conciencia sociocultural. Por lo tanto, este artículo tiene varios objetivos: a) determinar la existencia de una conciencia sociocultural específica en los trabajos de investigación; b) identificar los aspectos culturales que fueron considerados esenciales por los AC en este programa y mostrar las estrategias utilizadas para proporcionar información; y c) comparar hallazgos considerando antecedentes teóricos. El método se basará en un enfoque mixto basado en análisis cuantitativos y cualitativos y será específico para cada uno de los objetivos.This paper includes an analysis of academic papers that focus on cultural aspects written by MA students in the ‘Teach & Learn in Spain’ program at Instituto Franklin-UAH. The percentage of academic papers focusing on cultural aspects written by these students who acted as Language Assistants (LAs) in bilingual schools in Spain is quite high. This suggests the importance of the cultural component in the teaching of English as a second language and their high level of sociocultural awareness. Thus, this paper has several objectives: a) to determine the existence of a specific sociocultural awareness in research papers; b) to identify the cultural aspects that were considered essential by the LAs in this program and show the strategies used to provide information; and c) to compare findings considering the theoretical background. The method will rely on a mixt approach considering quantitative and qualitative analyses and will be specific for each of the objectives.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10662/10262
Date: 2020


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