Critical Thinking in Teaching and Learning:  Language and Culture of Latvia

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Critical Thinking in Teaching and Learning: Language and Culture of Latvia

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Research Question

How does English-language pedagogy shape political discourse in the Republic of Latvia?

Significance

English is used by non-native speakers (NNS) for neutral communicative purposes and not for identification with a group. In fact, however, the use of English may reinforce the use of indigenous languages for identification purposes, and may be “employed as a vehicle of protest against English” (House, 2012).

Methods Used

Participant observation of classrooms, schools, and indigenous populations.

Conclusions/Outcomes

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is widespread in the Republic of Latvia. English was observed to be used in education and as one of the three vernaculars in Latvia (the other two languages used widely in Latvia are Latvian and Russian). No prejudice toward the use of English was observed.

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Department

Education

Critical Thinking in Teaching and Learning:  Language and Culture of Latvia

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