Tom 6, nr 4


redaktor numeru: Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska

Spis treści:

Michał Wanke, Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska

Crossing borders of academia from the perspective of an internationalizing university (editorial)
Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies, t. 6, nr 4, s. 255-262.

Lorena Carbonara, Annarita Taronna

English as a Lingua Franca in the Context of Migration: An Italian Perspective
Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies, t. 6, nr 4, s. 263-276.

Streszczenie: Descriptive research on English as a Lingua Franca has been under way for more than a decade now, to the point where the acronym ELF refers not only to situations in which speakers of different first languages use English as their main communicative medium of choice, but also to a new research paradigm in various disciplines documenting a set of shared and stable features and processes. ELF is, in fact, essentially defined and characterised by its variability, flexibility, and linguistic creativity (Guido & Seidlhofer 2014; Seidlhofer 2011). In this paper, we approach the study of ELF as a socio-cultural, political and pragmatic phenomenon by looking at how it manifests itself linguistically in a specific group of speakers: migrant people who have recently crossed the Mediterranean and are enrolled in the national SPRAR project (Sistema di Protezione per Richiedenti Asilo e Rifugiati). The examples of language contacts between ELF and IFL (Italian as a Foreign Language) here discussed will illustrate how linguistic creativity manifests itself in ELF not only in the way “the virtual language of English” (Widdowson 1997: 138–140) is flexibly and creatively adapted and used, but also in the way in which non-English speech can be also integrated into ELF discourse. In the context of multicultural classrooms like those observed in this study, where such factors as integration, tolerance, respect and conflict are at issue every day, the use of ELF becomes more and more controversial. Indeed, it requires a multidisciplinary approach that considers the teaching/learning environment from a variety of perspectives, from the linguistic to the anthropological,
from the pedagogical to the sociological ones.

Słowa kluczowe: ELF, migration, Italian as a Second Language, translingual

Magdalena Szyszka, Inna Smirnov, Regina Benchetrit

Towards crossing the borders in foreign language teacher training: A report on a pilot phase of the Tandem Learning for Teacher Training project
Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies, t. 6, nr 4, s. 277-291.

Streszczenie: The aim of the paper is to present the results of a pilot project for foreign language (FL) teacher education, in which trainee teachers’ knowledge and awareness of intercultural and cross-educational similarities and differences between two cooperating institutions from socio-culturally and linguistically distant countries – Israel and Poland – are elicited. The data collected serves as a springboard for designing an international project for FL trainee teachers to be implemented as a part of a teacher training course. In the project the trainee teachers coming from geographically, culturally and linguistically detached backgrounds, Israeli and Polish, are to participate in tandem learning understood as paired sessions of knowledge and experience exchange between FL trainee teachers via online communicators. The pilot phase, therefore, is an initial but indispensable stage evaluating the extent to which trainee teachers are ready to confront and share their educational background, cultural and linguistic knowledge with their peers from a geographically and socio-culturally distant country. A group of fourteen trainee teachers of Opole University participated in the pilot project measuring the participants’ readiness to engage in crossing the aforementioned borders with the help of a closed and open-item questionnaire focusing on the degrees of awareness of a number of aspects, for instance, culture and L1-based differences in approaching FL teaching. The application of the instrument generated quantitative and qualitative data, whose analysis supported the design of the final Tandem Learning Teacher Training (TLTT) program.

Słowa kluczowe: FL teacher training; intercultural awareness; tandem learning

Robert Geisler

Cross-boundary and cross-discipline creation of scientific knowledge. The case of economic anthropology/business ethnography
Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies, t. 6, nr 4, s. 293-304.

Streszczenie: This paper aims to show business ethnography, or economic anthropology, as a field of science that is interdisciplinary in theoretical, methodological and subjective terms, i.e. it makes use of sociology and management sciences. What this means in practice is that it is simultaneously regarded a part of sociology, social and cultural anthropology, and management sciences. Additionally, this paper addresses the fusion of science and business in case of an ethnographer as an entrepreneur. The paper presents theoretical considerations of the new entrepreneurship model for collecting knowledge based on ethnographical research. It recommends ethnographic study as the most appropriate approach for doing in-company research. Such research can yield a deeper knowledge of the organization, its management and decision-making process. Observation, in-depth interviews and visual analysis produce case-specific insights. Even subjectivism and a lack of hard data may be less important given the efficiency of such research. Case studies on this type of research in business environments, especially in the USA on customer environments, could be reproduced at many levels of organizations.

Słowa kluczowe: economic anthropology, business ethnography, knowledge transfer

Radosław B. Walczak, Jaroslava Kubátová, Klara Seitlová

Cross-border virtual teams, as seen from applied psychology & applied economy perspective. A Case study of a cross-cultural teaching program
Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies, t. 6, nr 4, s. 305-318.

Streszczenie: As communication becomes easier with the proliferation of ICT (Internet Communication Technology), more companies and individuals face the need and challenge of creating and facilitating virtual teams. Those are groups of people that contact each other only by the means of the internet, with no real-world physical face-toface contact. Despite the numerous benefits, as low-to-non monetary costs and enormous creation flexibility, there are also many (psychological) risks, often not apparent from the outside. In the current paper we discuss the teaching program that was designed to foster virtual communication skills. We describe a project conducted simultaneously between Palacký University (Olomouc, CZ) and University of Opole (Opole, PL) in the summer term of 2015. We argue that such classes have a potential for individual and business development, provided the necessary preparations are made.

Słowa kluczowe: Virtual Teams, Cross-Border Communication, Internet Communication, Human Resources

Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska

Mariusz Jakosz: Wartościowanie w internetowych komentarzach do artykułów prasowych dotyczących stosunków niemiecko-polskich. Próba analizy pragmalingwistyczej, 2016, Katowice: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego (recenzja)
Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies, t. 6, nr 4, s. 319-322.


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Czasopismo naukowe "Pogranicze. Polish Borderlands Studies". Zarejestrowane w rejestrze dzienników i czasopism 14 listopada 2013 roku pod numerem Rej.Pr. 713.
Numer ISSN: 2353-3781