Postmodern TEFL (click to enter)

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Postmodern TEFL.

Big subject. Fascinating subject. Challenging subject.

The TEFL subject of NOW!

(Well, postmodernism came to the fore in the 1980s to be exact, but….)

So, do you wish to ‘get with it’ concerning – Postmodern TEFL? 

Like most subjects ‘Postmodern TEFL’ has levels of depth.  You can snorkel on the surface or you can dive down deep.  The choice is yours. But in this day-and-age English language teachers should have at least an inkling about ‘Postmodern TEFL’. 

Defining ‘Postmodernism’ is not easy. It relates to socio-political theory and it’s philosophic. Moreover, there is no singular, unified definition of postmodernism. Rather, there is a collection of notions, several of which are quite obtuse and difficult to grasp. In this blog I try and touch lightly upon these ideas.

Discussing Postmodern TEFL  is quite distinct from discussing the everyday world of TEFL pedagogy. After this mention, I doubt this blog will ever contain the term ‘present perfect’ again.

Pedagogy is not missing  from this blog, however, I hasten to add.  But discussing Postmodern TEFL involves putting a foot outside the TEFL classroom.  Pedagogy is only half the picture.  The other half entails looking at how the world of TEFL relates to the wider, high-tech, globalized, neoliberal, business-orientated, hyper-real, cyber world of today. 

Many centuries ago Plato argued the cause of philosophy by employing the metaphor of people stepping outside of caves to see how sun-light shadows were cast on the interior cave walls.  Until that moment, from the interiors, they had thought these shadowy images were real images.  Now, outside, they saw the truth. They saw reality.  Philosophers have continued to step outside of caves ever since to look for the truth. In today’s globalized world, postmodern theorists (Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Jean-François Lyotard et al) have continued this tradition.  In the world of TEFL, this too involves stepping outside the cave.  The search for truth goes on. This is a process. This is my blog. I share it with you.

So, when did the Postmodern era start – if, indeed, it has started?

What did Postmodernism eclipse – if, indeed, something was eclipsed?

Is Postmodernism a positive or negative understanding of society?

What has Postmodern theory got to do with TEFL?

Follow these blog posts to snorkel. Click on the links to dive deep.

Enjoy the journey.

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Phil NEWMAN

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4 thoughts on “Postmodern TEFL (click to enter)

      1. I’m new to TEFL (only qualified recently) and I find your ideas really interesting. I can’t wait to see where the subject takes you (and all of us readers).

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        1. Well, Sarah – there are lots of mini articles there to read, plus the larger ones attached. I must say, though, this subject is pretty convoluted, with various perspectives. Others, who are more academically ‘au fait’ with postmodernism may disagree with some of my points. I’m learning more about it as I write. I would recommend Scott Thornbury’s blog: An A-Z of ELT. Top man, top name – excellent reads. You can learn a lot by reading them and no doubt more readable and better informed than mine.

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