"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
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  • no technical issue....concerns <br />
  • Whatever attracts my attention for whatever reasons <br />
  • constraint! <br />
  • Whatever attracts my attention for whatever reasons <br />
  • traditional exercises are mostly de-contextualized, therefore boring <br />
  • something attracted my attention - reverse process <br />
  • tentative dimension....in due course... <br />

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  • 1. Autoethnographic reflections of a learner as a chance-seeker. Emanuele Bardone bardone@tlu.ee
  • 2. A bit of background for this study How the learner builds his/her own modus operandi from the viewpoint of chance-seeking instrumentalization agenda setting forward-looking tentative appropriative sense-making
  • 3. Autoethnography: how and why Autoethnography in a nutshell “Auto-ethnographers-as-authors frame their accounts with personal reflexive views of the self. Their ethnographic data are situated within their personal experience and sense making. They themselves form part of the representational processes in which they are engaging and are part of the story they are telling.” (Atkinson, Coffey, and Delamont (2003) Why is it salient for chance-seeking? Chance-seeking as as first-hand experience Accessibility Basis for formulating more precise research questions and objectives
  • 4. Rahvaülikool, Tartu 100% traditional course Estonian course for beginners Data collected refer to the first 9 weeks 23 sept-18 dec 60 contact hours, twice a week No final test
  • 5. What does a learner as a chance-seeker know (or assume to know) before he go about learning a new language?
  • 6. Do this work for me? How do I know it?
  • 7. Do this work for me? How? How do I know it? At the moment I don’t and can’t know it
  • 8. What I knew before I started Being not just a passenger The sense of being overwhelmed: too many unfamiliar words Hoping to get better - the need for a change
  • 9. ...when life gives you lemon, make lemonade. or...make use of whatever comes in handy
  • 10. ups!
  • 11. When life gives lemon, make lemonade but also limoncello..... pre-existing habit
  • 12. pre-existing resources
  • 13. Why and when do I take pictures? Does that respond to a particular “logic”? Chance encounters resonate with some previous habits, interests, etc.. no matter how relevant they are and with no foresight into the future
  • 14. Tinkering.....
  • 15. Emergence of new, unpredicted ways for practicing beyond traditional ones
  • 16. Tinkering on previous habits
  • 17. Keep tinkering....
  • 18. One thing leads to another... Once a new habit has emerged, it may be purposefully adopted in other cases to make chance-seeking a bit less “blind”
  • 19. Compounds: pay for one, get two
  • 20. chance encounters.....on Tartu-Tallinn Bus
  • 21. when I see that something works, I keep on trying...
  • 22. re-appropriation by modification
  • 23. Sense-making
  • 24. Chances that haven’t turned out particularly useful (yet?)....
  • 25. Some conclusions to draw The one who never explores things for himself never appropriate What one can do is always subordinated to pre-existing resources. Never the other way around. Complex ecologies provide more chance encounters Resonation provides the first basis for experiencing meaningfulness Previous habits/skills/knowledge are co-opted via resonating with chance encounters for creating new habits/skills/knowledge Emergence of more purposeful strategies for habit formation in due course
  • 26. aitäh teile! Õppida on mõnus!
  • 27. Some conclusions to draw The one who never tries never learns What one can do is always subordinated to pre-existing resources. Never the other way around. Complex environments provide more chance encounters Resonation provides the first basis for experiencing meaningfulness Previous habits/skills/knowledge are co-opted via resonating with chance encounters for creating new habits/skills/knowledge Emergence of more purposeful strategies for habit formation in due course