Claiming Their Voice

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  • Claiming Their Voice

    1. 1. Helping English Learners Claim Their Voice at Work: Sociolinguistic factors affecting immigrant workers’ ability to speak up Kathleen Gardner Roseanney Liu April 18, 2009 CATESOL State Conference Pasadena, CA
    2. 2. Purpose <ul><li>Discuss: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural factors that inhibit immigrant workers to speak up at work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ESL pedagogical strategies to empower language learners </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Factors that Hinder <ul><li>Ridicule from coworkers / employers </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of familiarity with different cultures at the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Different cultural values </li></ul><ul><ul><li>group loyalty vs. self promotion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gender roles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>perceptions of politeness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fear of making mistakes </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Case Study – Cableco (Katz, 2000) <ul><li>Workplace Scenario: Which employee would you promote – Jessica or Susanna? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Jessica was ready to be promoted. She had been working in her position for two years and she knew it backwards and forwards. She liked to troubleshoot and help people do their job, but she usually did her job quietly and helped people when the supervisor wasn’t around. Susanna had been working in the same group for just over a year. She had learned quickly and was always helping others in the group. Jessica thought Susanna was a show-off because she was always saying, “I know how to do it. I’ll show them.” </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    5. 5. Results from Case Study JESSICA
    6. 6. Results from Case Study SUSANNA
    7. 7. Realization
    8. 8. Case Study – Levi Straus <ul><li>Background – </li></ul><ul><li>English at the Workplace Program (3 Levis plants, Canada) </li></ul><ul><li>Managers’ reasons & expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Program results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deficiencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>( Harper, Peirce, Burnaby,1996) </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Case study - Ming <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Sociocultural differences between Ming and coworkers </li></ul><ul><li>Ming’s acculturation </li></ul><ul><li>(Li, 2000) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Pedagogical Implications
    11. 11. Education of Employers <ul><li>Immigrant worker’s attachment to native identity & native cultural value systems </li></ul><ul><li>Discriminatory practices (accents, native origins, gender, language proficiency, etc.) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Conclusion & Comments <ul><li>Connection to Conference theme: Whole Teacher, Whole Learner </li></ul><ul><li>Going forward from here – How to help connect students’ learning to the reality of their workplace? </li></ul><ul><li>Audience Comments </li></ul>

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