Marta M. Antón (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst) is Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
Using Ethnographic Techniques in Classroom Observation: A Study of Success in a Foreign Language Class1
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1996 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 29, Issue 4, pages 551–561, December 1996
How to Cite
Antón, M. M. (1996), Using Ethnographic Techniques in Classroom Observation: A Study of Success in a Foreign Language Class. Foreign Language Annals, 29: 551–561. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1996.tb01266.x
The case study included in this article was first presented at the 44th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, April 1991.
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Research on classroom interaction within an ethnographic perspective views the classroom as a cultural setting with its own norms of behavior. Recent studies from this perspective have Focused on uncovering the (often-unspoken) norms of behavior that need to be internalized in order to be a successful member of the classroom community. This article illustrates how to use ethnographic techniques to achieve a better understanding of classroom dynamics, which will be of value to teachers and supervisors in planning and evaluating their courses. Focusing on the characterization of “success” in an Italian class through the analysis of interaction patterns and purposes of the participants, the study reveals the need For a continuity of teacher and students' goals, methods, and Forms of evaluation.