Investigating immersive language camps for EFL Learners: Myths, potentials, and limits
29 November 2023, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
Join this event to hear Martina Zimmermann discuss an immersion program in Switzerland, designed to simulate an English-speaking environment for language learning.
This event is free.
Room 728UCL IOE20 Bedford WayLondonWC1H 0AL
In this presentation, Martina will examine the promises and constraints associated with this simulated immersion, with a focus on its influence on language acquisition, cultural practices, and power dynamics.
Through the lens of ethnographic research and interviews with participants, she will scrutinise how this immersion program constructs an anglophone atmosphere, establishes its rules, and allocates roles to participants – and how social and cultural inequalities are navigated within this framework and how conventional educational power structures are mirrored in this simulated learning space.
This in-person event will be particularly useful for researchers, teachers and students.
About the Speaker
Dr Martina Zimmermann
Associate Professor at Lausanne University of Teacher Education
Her research interests revolve around language in society, with a focus on teaching and learning languages, language and mobility, and language and inequality.