Teaching with Accents: Challenges of Expatriate and Immigrant Scholarship.
Contributions are invited from scholars with teaching/learning, publishing and research experiences in places other than their natal countries /cultures or in contexts different than previously customary.
Submissions could explore varieties of culture related and culture mediated factors in the teaching, learning, research and publishing experiences of immigrant and expatriate teacher/scholars.
Papers are encouraged that focus on the nature of challenges and methods or solutions proposed or employed to meet those challenges and how successful they have been. Contributors may also want to examine historical trends to such challenges and the solutions proposed or employed overtime to solve them.
We strongly welcome contributions [they don’t have to be chapter-length] from learner or student points of view that critically reflect on memorable experiences in the process of learning or scholarship under culturally different, new, tossed up, or challenged conditions.
Increasing numbers of immigrant and expatriate teacher/scholars, worldwide are involved in college and university level teaching and general scholarship in places other than their natal countries/cultures. So also, North Americans and to some extent, Europeans students/scholars who live in their increasingly multicultural cities could find themselves studying, learning and doing research in institutions that increasingly reflect the large influx of overseas professionals and their foreign cultures into these countries. They too may thus have challenging moments and experiences not altogether dissimilar to those experienced by immigrant and expatriate scholars and foreign students. Thus, the classroom, and the research and the publishing fields are, perforce, venues of complex cultural expressions and interchanges. We thus have teachers, researchers, and students carrying on their teaching/studies/research overseas, (or otherwise work at home in increasingly multicultural mega cities and in increasingly multicultural contexts) where they or others speak with accents; dress in manners that identify them with specific foreign cultures or religions; encounter role expectations different than they were used to, feel or find themselves isolated or misunderstood or find dinning or dress etiquettes and entertainment in their new environments unappealing, strange or “difficult” to learn. These cultural and identity issues must affect the teaching/learning, research and publishing processes and careers of the peoples that are involved in those fields.
We therefore wish in this volume to collect together papers that air the problems, challenges, and individual and official reactions to such issues or challenges and, especially, solutions proffered or employed to address them.
If you are interested in contributing a chapter to the proposed book, please submit a 200-word abstract by December 11, 2006 to signify your commitment. Draft chapters are expected by March 1, 2007.
F. J. Kolapo, 2019 Mackinnon New Extension, University of Guelph. Guelph, Ontario. Canada. N1G 2W1 Email: email@example.com
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