Book Chapter

How do ‘we’ know what ‘they’ need? Learning together through duoethnography and English language teaching to immigrant and refugee women


Questions of Culture in Autoethnography | Routledge - Taylor & Francis | Published : 2018


With the growing intensity of the humanitarian crisis around the world, Australia continues to see a steady increase in the arrival of asylum seeker, refugee and migrant (ASRM) families. As fathers seek work and children begin school, mothers have taken a backstage role supporting the day-to-day needs of their families with very limited knowledge of discourses and cultural practices in English. In this chapter, we draw on an English language teaching project we, as teachers and researchers, undertook from February to May 2016 investigating the language and literacy needs of four ASRM women living in Melbourne, Australia. Rather than starting from university language experts’ understanding of..

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