ALIS Webinar: Exploring Professional Identities of Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers in the Unite

When:  Nov 13, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (ET)

Description

Exploring Professional Identities of Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers in the United States: A Narrative Case Study


This presentation discusses findings from a case study exploring the experiences of a Chinese language teacher in the United States and how she constructed her professional identities during and after her teacher preparation in a U.S.‐based ESL teacher preparation program. Using narrative inquiry to understand the participant’s experience, the study identified two key transitional periods: moving from China to the United States and transitioning from a student into a professional career. During these transitional periods, findings reveal the dynamic nature of language teacher identities as individuals find themselves in different English language teaching contexts. The study also shows how professional identities are constructed in discourse and shaped by native speaker ideologies in the English language teaching field, and reveals the dearth of critical reflection of Asian ethnic English language teachers on raciolinguistic ideologies obscuring their raciolinguistic identities. Implications for international students’ English language teacher preparation are discussed.

Presenters

screen_shot_20200816_at_2_28_08_pm.pngFeifei Fan is a doctoral candidate in ESOL/Bilingual Education at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on language teacher identity, bilingual education, and cross-cultural teacher education. She has been working with groups of international teacher candidates in the U.S.-based teacher preparation programs.




screen_shot_20200816_at_2_28_08_pm-2.pngEster de Jong
is a Professor in ESOL/Bilingual Education and the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on bilingual education and preparing teachers to work with bilingual learners. Dr. de Jong was the 2017-2018 President of TESOL International Association.