Challenges of Teaching Abroad: Willingness to Modify Pedagogical Practices that Accommodate Intercultural Differences to Facilitate Student Engagement and Learning (74054)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: James McNally

Friday, 24 November 2023 13:15
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 701
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Education, in any culture, context, or discipline involves varying degrees of communication between teacher and student. Language, whether written or oral, is typically the traditional medium of communication in the teaching and learning process. However, teaching abroad in a foreign country, challenges even years of teaching experience, pedagogy, practice, and praxis. This study examines the evolving process of pedagogical modifications made to a well-planned curriculum design to accommodate intercultural differences between teacher and students. It also addresses the changes affected in teaching strategies to address students’ limited writing and speaking abilities in English language, which is the language of instruction and learning. The study used qualitative methods to collect data from both, the teaching perspective, and the learning perspective. The teaching method was in-person class sessions focused on applied, hands-on, interactive, and interdisciplinary approach. The personal, teaching experience of the visiting, international faculty used autoethnography, a qualitative, self-reporting research method to record first-hand experience of being embedded in a classroom in a foreign country as an educator. The professor recorded the necessary changes made to the coursework, style of teaching, and created lesson plans and instructions for students in dual languages (English and the native language) to accommodate language challenges, and intercultural differences in expectations and teaching-learning methods. This case study has implications for intercultural pedagogy.

Ganga Vadhavkar, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Ganga Vadhavkar is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in United States

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