The serpent both in water and on land : a critical phenomenological investigation of foreign students' experiences of learning English in South Africa

Picard, Michelle Yvette (2000) The serpent both in water and on land : a critical phenomenological investigation of foreign students' experiences of learning English in South Africa. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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In this dissertation I attempt to examine “the experience of the perspective” of foreign students introduced into English classrooms in South Africa. I acknowledge the importance of focussing on the individual’s narrative, since it is “only through an unconscious synthetic activity of consciousness” that perspectives are connected together (Carspeken 1996:11), but, along with Freire, I believe that “generative themes” can only be investigated in “man-world relationships”. The researcher needs to examine the phenomenon in context of the world that it originated from, since “historical themes are never isolated , independent, disconnected or static” (Freire 1972: 73). In this dissertation I, therefore, carefully follow the classic phenomenological steps to analyse data from my respondents and then immediately contextualise it in term of literature about the learners background, the educational and political system in which they currently find themselves as well as general literature about the phenomenon of immigrants and learning of a second language. The premise underlying this research is the “taken-for-granted certainty” (Carspeken 1996:11) that there is something unique in the South African situation which results in foreign students experiencing the learning of English in a particular way within this context.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:English language, Grammar, Foreign speakers
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English Language and Linguistics
Supervisors:Murray, Sarah
ID Code:3019
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:22 Jun 2012 06:49
Last Modified:22 Jun 2012 06:49
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