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Investigating immersive language camps for EFL Learners: Myths, potentials, and limits

29 November 2023, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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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.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Effrosyni Argyri

Location

Room 728
UCL IOE
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 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.


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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.