Teaching English as a missionary language: a revised theory for the evangelical use of English language teaching for religious ends.

Mairs, Stephen (2017) Teaching English as a missionary language: a revised theory for the evangelical use of English language teaching for religious ends. Doctoral thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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The aim of this research was to find ways that would help reconcile contested ethical and pedagogic issues raised by the phenomenon of Teaching English as a Missionary Language (TEML): that is, the evangelical Christian use of English Language Teaching (ELT) as a means for achieving religious ends. Four aspects of ELT were examined as a way to identify factors that could contribute to an improved understanding between evangelical Christians and opponents of the appropriation of ELT for religious ends. These were cultural and linguistic hegemony, teacher authority, ethical accountability and teacher identity. This was done by using a combination of qualitative research methods and theological reflection to analyse the data from four case studies about why and how evangelical Christians taught English to speakers of other languages. A revised evangelical identity was used to create an original theological theory of action that describes the characteristics of an evangelical practice of ELT in a way that addresses criticisms made by ELT professionals. The new theory describes how the integration of knowledge drawn from human experience, theology and the social sciences can contribute to the mediation of the Christian faith in modern society. It incorporates a Christocentric understanding of mission as missio Dei, moral transparency regarding evangelical Christian motivation for teaching English and the pursuit of pedagogic excellence. The contribution to the understanding and practice of ELT by evangelical Christians that this research makes is that, by a embracing a Christocentric paradigm of mission as missio Dei and adopting a dialogic collaborative pedagogy, evangelical Christians can make a unique contribution on the basis of their faith towards a redemptive and harmonious relationship with their students and the wider community of ELT professionals.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: English language. Study and teaching Missionaries
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Doctoral Theses
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Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 14:33
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 08:38
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/737

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