Towards a pedagogy of strangeness: exploring the potential of strangeness for foreign language education

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This article proposes a ‘pedagogy of strangeness’ in foreign language education that aims to provide some ideas and praxis to help students unlock more of the enriching potential that the study of the subject holds. The term ‘predictable strangeness’ is used critically to describe the conventional approach to teaching language and culture. The idea of ‘unpredictable strangeness’ is employed to elucidate the subtleties that lie especially within an ethnographic approach to foreign language teaching. Theatre and drama concepts that substantially employ strangeness within their work will be shown to have particular relevance to my article. Contradictions are our hope! (Brecht 1964: 47)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-45
Number of pages11
JournalScenario: A Journal for Performative Teaching, Learning & Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • pedagogy
  • foreign language education
  • strangeness

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