“My English Seems Not Enough”: Moving From Language Deficit Views to Kazakhstani CLIL Teachers’ Funds of Knowledge (73857)

Session Information: Challenging & Preserving: Culture, Inter/Multiculturalism & Language
Session Chair: Jose Macatangay

Thursday, 23 November 2023 17:05
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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In Kazakhstan, the rich diversity of local knowledge seems to be ignored by policymakers who favor discourses of globalization and internationalization that disempower local expertise in favor of dominant forms of Eurocentric thinking. Such discourses can lead to the marginalization of teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) (Shulman, 1986), which encompasses teachers' philosophical assumptions, beliefs, and values that underlie their teaching practices (Mascolo, 2020). This paper argues for including teachers' funds of knowledge (FoK) and practice-based evidence to foreground their responsive and lived pedagogies despite their limited English proficiency. We used a qualitative approach that included a classroom-based comic, semi-structured interviews, and teachers’ reflections to show how Kazakhstani biology teachers' practical, theoretical, and value-laden pedagogical choices exemplify intentionality when they engage through CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) in EMI classrooms. Our findings suggest that Kazakhstani teachers "are competent, they have knowledge, and their life experiences have given them that knowledge" (González, Moll, & Amanti, 2005, p. ix). We conclude that a FoK frame shifted our gaze from measuring teachers against a western-based yardstick allowing us to foreground Kazakhstani teachers' professional identities and practice-based EMI pedagogies as locally and contextually relevant.

Sulushash Kerimkulova, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Michelle Bedeker, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

About the Presenter(s)
Sulushash Kerimkulova is an Associate Professor at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education in Kazakhstan. Her research focuses mainly on two areas of inquiry related to tri/multilingual/EMI policy and reforms in higher education

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