Highlighting the Superdiversity among English Practitioners in New Zealand Part 1

Forrest, Leslie and Ryan, Jonathon (2016) Highlighting the Superdiversity among English Practitioners in New Zealand Part 1. UNSPECIFIED, Wellington, New Zealand, April 2016.

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In October 2015, the New Zealand Herald introduced a new series aptly called Superdiversity. This six part series highlighted the findings of the diversity stocktake research report written by Mai Chen, constitutional law expert and the Chair of Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business. This stocktake is now publically available at http://www.superdiversity.org/, providing policy recommendations and addressing the implications of the current and future projections of the New Zealand cultural and ethnic landscape. The term superdiversity was first introduced by sociologist Steven Vertovec in 2007, referring to population diversity that is much higher than anything previously experienced and according to Mai Chen, New Zealand is now the fourth most diverse country among OECD nations. By 2038, Statistics NZ estimates that 51 per cent of New Zealanders will be Asian, Maori and Pasifika. As I read through the Superdiversity Series and later the diversity stocktake report I began to think not only about the super diverse nature of English language learners, but also the super diverse nature of NZ's English language practitioners. What experiences, skills, and lessons can these practitioners contribute to discussions of the social, political, and economic implications of superdiversity in New Zealand? The influx of migrants from various areas will require more robust English learning and cultural support to tackle the needs of the steady stream of new comers. As such, my colleague Jono Ryan and I wanted to uncover the stories and lessons of English language practitioners from a range of multicultural backgrounds and share their experience of teaching English in New Zealand. In this article we profile eight teachers contributing to the field of ESOL in NZ, presenting - in their own words - insights from their many and varied teaching experiences.

Item Type:Journal or newspaper item
Keywords that describe the item:superdiversity, English practitioners in New Zealand, ESOL, migration
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Languages
ID Code:4494
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Deposited On:08 Sep 2016 22:55
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