Thoughts about research methods: today I taught Frontrunners about gesture-based interactions in India, discussing clips from my research, encouraging Frontrunners to analyse what they saw. We also talked about language ideologies about gestures and sign language. Students were very inspired and engaged. This day of teaching was an immensely enriching experience for me and a great conclusion to this week because: 1. It was possible to make connections between my previous and current project: Frontrunners had lively discussions in groups about the differences/similarities between gesture and IS, fueled by their own experiences of communicating with each other in IS since Monday, and by the IS workshop I organised on Wednesday. They found the lesson and discussions not only interesting, it helped them to reflect on their own language practices and ideologies too. 2. Teaching this group in IS was a valuable addition to the various other perspectives and positions that I have taken this week. I got: observations and video recordings of their communication, informal conversations, elicited linguistic data, interviews, and the IS workshop. These sources of data and these positions have given me mulilayered insights. Jorn (cameraman) spontaneously acted as research assistant, relaying his own observations to me; since he knew exactly what I am looking for. 3. In the afternoon we talked about the difference between regular documentaries and ethnographic films, and about the proces of making my film on gestures in Mumbai, Ishaare. This gave them a deeper understanding of (and enthusiasm for) what we will do with the materials we recorded this week, which we will show to them in May. On my way to Edinburgh now! Annelies.

 

Thoughts about research methods: today I taught Frontrunners about gesture-based interactions in India, discussing clips from my research, encouraging Frontrunners to analyse what they saw. We also talked about language ideologies about gestures and sign language. Students were very inspired and engaged. This day of teaching was an immensely enriching experience for me and a great conclusion to this week because: 1. It was possible to make connections between my previous and current project: Frontrunners had lively discussions in groups about the differences/similarities between gesture and IS, fueled by their own experiences of communicating with each other in IS since Monday, and by the IS workshop I organised on Wednesday. They found the lesson and discussions not only interesting, it helped them to reflect on their own language practices and ideologies too. 2. Teaching this group in IS was a valuable addition to the various other perspectives and positions that I have taken this week. I got: observations and video recordings of their communication, informal conversations, elicited linguistic data, interviews, and the IS workshop. These sources of data and these positions have given me mulilayered insights. Jorn (cameraman) spontaneously acted as research assistant, relaying his own observations to me; since he knew exactly what I am looking for. 3. In the afternoon we talked about the difference between regular documentaries and ethnographic films, and about the proces of making my film on gestures in Mumbai, Ishaare. This gave them a deeper understanding of (and enthusiasm for) what we will do with the materials we recorded this week, which we will show to them in May. On my way to Edinburgh now! Annelies.