The linguistic resources researchers bring to the research endeavour offer both affordances and challenges. How researchers use them to accomplish their research goals and how these languages are negotiated in the research process is described as researching multilingually.
In addition to researching multilingually, researchers must work within and across many spaces: ethnic, cultural, disciplinary, academic, workplace, and community. This requires a critical and creative understanding of the culture they are studying: that is, how to research interculturally.
In this presentation, Dr Prue Holmes will explore what it means to research interculturally focusing on the following key questions:
- What does researching interculturally mean?
- How do researchers construct and negotiate ways of communicating interculturally in these research spaces (considering, for example, power relations and their own researcher identity)?
- What affordances and challenges does researching interculturally offer researchers in their research?
The discussion is informed by Prue’s role as a researcher in the AHRC-funded Researching multilingually at borders project, with particular reference to the development of an online language education programme (teaching Arabic to speakers of other languages) undertaken by a team of researchers in the project.
Prue Holmes is a Reader in International and Intercultural Education in the Department of Education and MA Programme Director at Durham University. Her teaching experience includes intercultural communication at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and English as a Foreign Language and English language teacher education in Italy, China and Hong Kong.
Currently, Prue leads an AHRC-funded Researching Multilingually project on building research design and practice in multilingual contexts, and another, funded by HEA/UKCISA, on internationalisation and the student experience.
Prue is also Chairperson of the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC).
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