Finding a Voice – Bangladeshi Women and Barriers to Language Learning.

After lengthy discussions with colleagues at my workplace we realized that there was a continuous pattern of Bangladeshi women returning to do courses over long periods of time. If we assume that action research is about initiating changes and improving practice then the problem of Bangladeshi women finding an English voice seems an ideal subject to investigate. For example this particular problem posed many questions. Why had teaching strategies been effective for the learners from Pakistan, but not the women from Bangladesh? Considering that all the women were of similar ages and had attained the same results at initial assessment why had learning not taken place?