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Invitation to Participate in EFL Teacher Study on Cultural Sensitivity and Teaching Practices

  • 1.  Invitation to Participate in EFL Teacher Study on Cultural Sensitivity and Teaching Practices

    Posted 18 days ago

    Informed Consent Form for English as a Foreign Language Teachers' use of Intercultural Competence Tests to Inform Teaching Practice

    If you are a qualified English as a Foreign Language (EFL)  teacher with TESOL, TEFL, TESL, or equivalent (CELTA, PGCE, or QTS), 21 years of age or older, and have been teaching EFL and adults learners online for more than one year; you are being invited to participate in a research project conducted by William E Hamilton, who is a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC).<o:p></o:p>

    You are invited to participate in a research study about the possible effects of a cultural sensitivity assessment on your English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching practices in culturally diverse adult online classes.  <o:p></o:p>

    You will be asked to take about 20-minutes of your time to respond to a 44-item online survey measuring intercultural competence, cultural appreciation, sensitivity, and awareness, followed by a later 40-minute confidential interview that will discuss your survey score and ask questions about your teaching and possible effects after taking the assessment. A question might be, according to your understanding, what does it mean for an online EFL teacher to practice intercultural competence?<o:p></o:p>

    A potential risk associated with this study is possible discomfort associated with learning one's intercultural competence score. We expect the project to benefit you by learning your intercultural competence score and possibly applying it to your teaching practices. No compensation will be provided for your participation.<o:p></o:p>

    If you decide to participate, please understand that participation is voluntary and that you have the right to withdraw your consent before or during data collection and discontinue participation at any time and for any reason without consequences. You also have the right to refuse to answer any question(s) for any reason without consequences.<o:p></o:p>

    In addition, your individual privacy will be maintained in all publications or presentations resulting from this study. All information used in the final research document will be de-identified to protect your privacy. The confidentiality of all information collected, such as assessment, email address, informed consent, name, recordings, and transcripts, will be stored on a password-protected removable media storage device and kept in a secure location for five years following the completion of the study.<o:p></o:p>

    Potential participants are invited by clicking on the following links: <o:p></o:p>

    <  Assessment and interview scheduler.  >    <o:p></o:p>

    Thank you for your time and consideration. Together we can add to the body of literature about how to make teaching practices more culturally inclusive. If you have a colleague who might be willing to also participate in this study, please email my information so they can also have their experiences represented.<o:p></o:p>

    William Hamilton
    University of Arizona Global Campus