LRDG: Hissah Alruwaili - 'A Good Muslim? So you cannot Ignore the Opportunity for Da’wah': Faith and EFL Learners’ Practices of Choice & Autonomy

Date: 3 May 2016 Time: 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Venue: County South C89

The LRDG session on Tuesday 3rd May will be a talk by Hissah Alruwaili of Lancaster University, entitled: 'A Good Muslim? So you cannot Ignore the Opportunity for Da’wah': Faith and EFL Learners’ Practices of Choice & Autonomy.

This is an ethnographic case study aimed at understanding the struggle of two Saudi female EFL learners attempting to restructure their definition of permissible space for learning a foreign language in Islamic culture.

I used an ethnographic design to follow the two learners for 8-month through physical and digital contexts collecting natural data through field notes, observations, fieldwork journals and audio-recorded interviews. The analysis employs language socialisation approach (Duff, 2010) to focus on how the socialising agents (i.e., the two learners) negotiated accessing language learning spaces and how they positioned themselves as female, Muslim EFL learners. Despite the learners’ strict interpretations of a number of Islamic resources (the prophet’s sayings, or hadith, and the fatwa), the various patterns of their behaviour and responses showed willingness and active participation to gain a conception of language learning spaces that engenders greater agency and capacity for resistance.

 

Event website: http://www.literacy.lancs.ac.uk/lrdg/index.htm

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Who can attend: Anyone

 

Further information

Associated staff: Sharon McCulloch

Organising departments and research centres: Educational Research, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Digital literacies, Ethnography of literacy, Second language acquisition

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