Uncertainty and reluctance in teaching taboo language: a case study of an experienced teacher of English as an additional language

Guo, Xuhong, Liyanage, Indika, Bartlett, Brendan, Walker, Tony and Diaz, Adriana 2016, Uncertainty and reluctance in teaching taboo language: a case study of an experienced teacher of English as an additional language. In O'Neil, Shirley and van Rensburg, Henriette (ed), Global language policies and local educational practices and cultures, Deep University Press, Blue Mounds, Wis., pp.232-243.

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Title Uncertainty and reluctance in teaching taboo language: a case study of an experienced teacher of English as an additional language
Author(s) Guo, Xuhong
Liyanage, IndikaORCID iD for Liyanage, Indika orcid.org/0000-0001-6459-4977
Bartlett, Brendan
Walker, Tony
Diaz, Adriana
Title of book Global language policies and local educational practices and cultures
Editor(s) O'Neil, Shirley
van Rensburg, Henriette
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 11
Total chapters 14
Start page 232
End page 243
Total pages 13
Publisher Deep University Press
Place of Publication Blue Mounds, Wis.
Summary Despite its ubiquitous employment by users of English to achieve authentic communicative goals, taboo language has received little attention in the education literature. Even less focus has been placed on such language in English language teaching - specifically, in teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL). Given the multiplicity of communicative struggles experienced by EAL learners surrounding the use of taboo language in authentic communication, meaningful consideration of this aspect can be seen as crucial in EAL instruction. Classroom learning could prepare learners for navigation and negotiation of taboo language use they will inevitably encounter in social interactions in target language communities of practice. However, EAL teachers' uncertainty or reluctance to introduce taboo language in classroom instruction is a key impediment in developing learners' sociocultural knowledge regarding such language use. We foreground one case of such uncertainty and reluctance surrounding the introduction of taboo language in EAL instruction derived as interview data from an experienced EAL teacher.
ISBN 193975528X
9781939755285
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2016, Deep University Press
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