Anne Reath Warren

Anne Reath Warren is an English as a second language teacher turned researcher. Over more than 20 years of teaching English in different countries, she grew curious about the other languages her students brought with them to the classroom, and the role that they might play in learning.

In this seminar, which was partly a forum for discussion, two subjects were in focus:

  • Firstly, a research project that Anne will be participating in during the coming year at Uppsala University.
  • Secondly, we were discussing the Department of Language Education's student teacher degree theses and ways in which we, as teacher educators, can prepare ourselves and support our students, while writing these.

The main theoretical perspective for these subjects is that of resourceful language use (Pennycook 2012, 2013).

Resourceful speakers "draw on multiple linguistic and semiotic resources, and accommodate, negotiate and [are] light on their feet" (Pennycook, 2012, p. 13). Teaching in Swedish schools in the 21st century requires all these skills, and in the increasingly linguistically diverse classrooms where teachers will be working, it could be argued that the ability to draw on multiple linguistic resources is especially valuable. Before student teachers can apply for their teaching licences however, they must complete the degree thesis, a text requiring reasonably advanced skills in academic Swedish, or English.

Moreover, throughout the course of teacher education, a number of other written texts in academic Swedish or English must also be produced. A salient challenge facing teacher educators today is supporting students in the production of these texts. The seminar included analysis of student texts and discussion of approaches to support and feedback during supervision.

The aim of the seminar was not to offer a solution, rather to continue conversations that Anne have been part of while working in teacher education at the Department of Language Education for the past 18 months.