Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Trauma-informed English Language Teaching to Adults

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Wilson, Victoria E.. 2022. "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Trauma-informed English Language Teaching to Adults." Paris Conference on Education (PCE2022). Paris, France 16 - 19 Jun 2022 France. https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0962.2022.19
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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Trauma-informed English Language Teaching to Adults

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AuthorWilson, Victoria E.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the Paris Conference on Education (PCE2022)
Number of Pages23
Year2022
Place of PublicationFrance
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0962.2022.19
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://papers.iafor.org/submission63834/
Web Address (URL) of Conference Proceedingshttps://papers.iafor.org/proceedings/conference-proceedings-PCE2022/
Conference/EventParis Conference on Education (PCE2022)
Event Details
Paris Conference on Education (PCE2022)
Event Date
16 to end of 19 Jun 2022
Event Location
Paris, France
Abstract

This qualitative paper examines trauma-informed teaching of English as a second language (ESL) to adults. Trauma is highly prevalent worldwide, and post-traumatic stress negatively affects language learning. A review of the literature identified five major principles for trauma-informed learning: safety, agency, a foregrounding of student identities, recognition of strengths, belonging, and meaning. However, very few empirical studies exist in this field, with a dearth of student voice and a lack of trauma-screening of students. Additionally, most published research about anxiety in second and foreign language learning does not critically examine the learning environment. The present study, informed by socio-environmental theories of trauma and critical pedagogies, privileges the voices of ESL students from three universities in Australia. Thirty-nine participants completed a validated tool to measure post-traumatic stress responses, and 20 of these students then took part in semi-structured interviews about the learning environment in their university-based English language centres. Interview questions were based on principles identified in the literature review. Data were analysed through a critical thematic analysis and a trauma-informed lens. For the purposes of this paper, findings are summarised into three major themes: Liberty, equality, and fraternity. The theme of liberty encompasses authoritarianism in the classroom, choices, and autonomy. Equality refers to teachers treating students equally, and egalitarianism amongst peers. The third theme, fraternity, examines supportive teachers and peers, as well as collaborative, interactive learning. Given the current climate of mass forced migration and COVID-19, the findings are timely and relevant for all second language learners.

Keywordstraum-informed, ESL, TESOL, PTSD, student voice
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390108. LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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