Moments of disruption and the development of expatriate TESOL teachers

Neilsen, Roderick 2011, Moments of disruption and the development of expatriate TESOL teachers, EA journal, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 18-32.

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Title Moments of disruption and the development of expatriate TESOL teachers
Author(s) Neilsen, RoderickORCID iD for Neilsen, Roderick
Journal name EA journal
Volume number 27
Issue number 1
Start page 18
End page 32
Total pages 15
Publisher ELICOS Association
Place of publication Pyrmont, N.S.W
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1444-4496
Keyword(s) expatriate
Summary TESOL teachers, like mainstream teachers, often experience key incidents in their professional development. In expatriate TESOL, however, unfamiliar cultural and linguistic contexts may disrupt teachers' sense of both professional and personal identity. In this article, narratives constructed from interviews of teacher experiences document a selection of critical events and discuss their implications for professional development in TESOL. Teachers reported that deep reflection on their experiences led to a re-conceptualisation of their professional and cultural identities. The analysis of their reflections may have significant implications for TESOL work in the context of the global and the local. The narratives specifically explore teachers' initial experiences of readjustment, awareness of differences in expectations of their roles as teachers, the impact of being perceived as representatives of 'Western' culture, and their re-appraisal of the educational and cultural-linguistic values of 'home'.
Language eng
Field of Research 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
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