NZALT Co-President Wins Substantial Research Funding

Martin East has secured almost $200,000 from the Ministry of Education to head up a research project to investigate interculturality in intermediate schools.  Intercultural capability is an important 21st century skill for young people, and programmes in additional languages provide a key means to enhance this capability.  The research team comprises three intersecting groups, including key education researchers into language teaching and learning.  The university partners are the Universities of Auckland and Canterbury: Dr. Martin East (Principal Investigator), Dr. Constanza Tolosa (Auckland), and Jocelyn Howard (Canterbury). The academic research partners are Dr. Adèle Scott (Te Kura – The Correspondence School - and past NZALT President) and Dr. Christine Biebricher (International Languages Exchanges and Pathways). The school research partners are drawn from four intermediate schools across the country.  This funded project will investigate current practice in the four partner schools.  The team will then work together to co-construct a range of teaching as inquiry cycles designed to improve learners’ intercultural capability, and will investigate their effectiveness.    The announcement of the awards from the Minister's office can be found at this link.   An overview of all successful projects in this funding round can be found here.