Crossing borders: identity issues for Speakers of Other Languages Teaching English.

Blair, Andrew (2010) Crossing borders: identity issues for Speakers of Other Languages Teaching English. In: Quality in TESOL Education annual seminar; British Council, December 2010, London.

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This paper examines the linguistic and professional identities of SOLTEs (Speakers of Other Languages Teaching English), in particular those who have crossed the border to teach in the UK. With the growing majority of English speakers being L2 users with lingua franca communicative purposes, this raises complex issues for the majority of teachers similarly defined as non-native. Recent literature from an ELF/WEs perspective highlights some of these: Bernat (2008) on impostor syndrome; Pavlenko (2003) on a reimagined, multicompetent community; Jenkins (2007) on conflicted attitudes of NNS teachers towards ELF; Moussu and Llurda (2008) on the many layers that constitute language teachers and their dynamic, context-dependent identities. Central research questions are: In what ways do Speakers of Other Languages Teaching English (SOLTEs) construct, develop and manage their identities as learners, users and teachers of English within a globalised context (Seargeant, 2008)? What are the main personal and professional influences on these multilingual, multicultural teachers, in terms of initial training, development, discourse and beliefs about English language teaching and learning? These themes are discussed alongside data from interviews and online discussion with teachers, aimed at clarifying what it means to these individuals to say: I am an English teacher.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Schools and Departments: School of English > Sussex Centre for Language Studies
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Depositing User: Andrew Blair
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:14
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2012 10:20
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