Annotated Bibliography of Useful Sources for a Study of Acculturative Methods in EFL.
Brunley, Ric. “Global Issues: A letter Home from a First-Year Teacher and Peace Corps Volunteer.” The English Journal 86.8 (1997): 80-81 Jstor. Nov 4 2007. Search: Global Issues Peace Corps. A brief letter from a Peace Corps volunteer teaching EFL in Rostov, Russia. Written in an informal style, Burnely’s letter provides an interesting insight into the more implicit cultural side of EFL instruction, while being a useful citation for the application of certain methods.
Duff, Patrica A, and Yuko Uchida. “The Negotiation of Teachers’ Sociocultural Identities and Practices in Postsecondary EFL Classrooms.” TESOL Quarterly 31.3 (1997): 451-86. Jstor. Nov. 4 2007. Search: Sociocultural Identities. The findings in this study inspired me to persue my particular vantage on EFL studies. In my Eng. 635 Course at HSU, I cited heavily from this essay in my term paper; Uchida and Duff's succinct writing styles and concise conclusions to exhaustive findings, make this essay perhaps the most relevent item I have found in such a new field of English Studies.
The Modern Language Journal47.7 (1963): Entire Issue. Jstor. 4 Nov. 2007. Search: Peace Corps ESL. This entire issue of the MLA focuses on the Peace Corps’ EFL program. A number of authors, either directly involved or interested in the Peace Corps’ stake in EFL, specialized an issue of the MLA to describe what was then a brand new phenomena. Though today few of the methods discussed may be outdated, I find this issue incredibly relevant to my studies in that it has no historical parallel. It is also interesting to compare it with the Peace Corps EFL handbooks today to see which perspectives have changed and which have remained the same.
Milner, Joseph O. and Carol A. Pope., Eds. Global Voices: Culture and Identity in the Teaching of English. Urbana Illinois: National Council of the Teachers of English, 1994 This text is essentially a transcription of the 1990 IFTE (International Federation for the Teaching of English) Conference in New Zealand. This particular conference is especially pertinent to my aims in the MI Program in that I intend to state why a sense of culture is valuable in EFL instruction. However, without having my own class in EFL to teach, my supposed classroom techniques were lacking any actual experience. This text has demonstrated the successful application of many of my intended methods. I feel my own experience in the field will inevitably be something of a corollary to the situations described in this text.
Peace Corps Wiki. Ed. Friends of the Peace Corps. 2007. Regions. Nov. 4 2007 <http://www.peacecorpswiki.com>. Edited by returned Peace Corps volunteers, this website offers everything from catalogs of country assginments, to testamonials on EFL field experience to what to pack when assigned to Cambodia. Nearly all of the suppositions I made about the Peace Corps EFL teaching experience came from this website.
Rudmin, Floyd Webster. “Debate in Science: The Case of Acculturation.” AnthroGlobe Journal (2006): Google. 4 Nov. 2007 Keyword: Rudmin Acculturation. <www.humiliationstudies.org/documents/RudminAcculturation2005ABSTRACT.pdf>. This text provides a well-written history of studies on acculturation, in toto. Rudmin makes use of previous acculturation sources dating back to the early fourties to today, and somehow avoids any obvious bias to the research cited.
Dave’s ESL Café. Ed. Dave Sperling. 2007. Stuff for Teachers. Nov 29 2007. <http://www.eslcafe.com>. The internet hub for EFL teachers, Dave's EFL Cafe' provides everything from job classifieds to teaching materials. Although I haven't yet completely explored the website, the time I have spent purusing the various links and subject catagories has provided an indepth look at the current issues in ESL.
Works Cited in the Tentative Proposal.
Brown, H. Douglas Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy.
White Plains NY: Pearson Education, 2007. Brown's text is an introduction to the multifaceted field of ESL/EFL. As a former president of the International TESOL society, Brown, provides a succinct, yet substantial review of the current issues in the field of ELT. The text focuses mostly on the four major skills of language teaching: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Brown also makes an effort to occasionally gloss over certain debated issues such as the use of acculturation in the classroom. Brown echo's the viewpoint of Canagarajah who argues "TESOL has neglected local knowledge relating to many non-Western communities because the research approaches that the field has valued have had more currency in European and North American centers of learning" (TESOL Quarterly March 2005). I feel this vantage point bolsters my argument in that I intend to make use of cultural perspective in my final project.
Lowther, Kevin, and C. Payne Lucas. Keeping Kennedy’s Promise. The Peace Corps: Unmet Hope of the New Frontier. Boulder, Colorado: Westview, 1978. Lowther and Lucas' work on the Peace Corps is mainly historical, and the authors are essentially chroniclers; none-the-less, I used this text to add an extra dimension of field work to my proposal. I felt that if if I were going to write a significant proposal relating theory and praxis I would need actual examples to cite. Lowther and Lucas' text provided a number of testomonials from EFL volunteers commenting on what techniques worked and which didn't. I used these testimonials to ground my thesis in actual evidence.
Pope, Rob. The English Studies Book: An Introduction to Language, Literature and Culture.
London: Routledge, 2002. Pope's textbook on English Studies thrilled me from the beginning and continues to offer new informationin subject areas I thought I had exhuasted.