Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Ph.D. in CALL, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland,
D.Litt. in CALL/teacher training, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Associate Professor and Head of Division of Applied Linguistics, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Editor-in-Chief of Teaching English with Technology journal
Title: Cultures of learning in the classroom – on challenges of teaching multicultural classes
Globalization, increasing European and international integration, as well as other social processes have resulted in some degree of uniformity of educational approaches. Methods, concepts and procedures proposed in one part of the world are often promoted as universally applicable in many others. This has been the case with foreign language education, where the Communicative Approaches, learner-centred education, learner autonomy or alternative assessment, which all originated in Western Europe as pillars of contemporary European language policy, have been transplanted to almost all corners of the world. However, educational solutions proposed in one culture do not have to match the style of learning preferred in another. The so-called cultures of learning, certain sets of beliefs about how teaching and learning may proceed, what roles teachers and learners should play, what procedures and materials might be most effective, are becoming a more and more important phenomenon of global education. Diversity of education, rather than its McDonaldisation, should be targeted at in order to respect local educational ecologies.
The speech will look at those issues, reflecting in particular on how to respect cultures of learning and how to maintain cultural appropriacy of instruction. The discussion will take as examples the concepts of learner autonomy and alternative assessment.