By Peter Sayer

ISBN-10: 0415897734

ISBN-13: 9780415897730

"The significant subject matter of this ebook is the ambiguities and tensions lecturers face as they try to place themselves in ways in which legitimize them as language lecturers, and as English audio system. concentrating on 3 EFL lecturers and their colleges within the southern Mexican country of Oaxaca, it files how usual practices of language educators are formed by means of their social context, and examines the jobs, identities, and ideologies that academics create so one can navigate and negotiate their particular context. it really is specific in bringing jointly a number of present theoretical and methodological advancements in TESOL and utilized linguistics: the functionality of language ideologies and identities, serious TESOL pedagogy and study, and ethnographic equipment in examine on language studying and instructing. Balancing and mixing descriptive reporting of the lecturers and their contexts with a theoretical dialogue which connects their neighborhood issues and practices to broader matters in TESOL in overseas contexts, it permits readers to understand the delicate complexities that supply upward push to the "tensions and ambiguities" in EFL lecturers' expert lives"--"Exploring the ambiguities and tensions EFL academics face as they try to place themselves in ways in which legitimize them as language academics and as English audio system, this booklet balances descriptive reporting with a theoretical dialogue connecting academics' neighborhood matters and practices to broader concerns in TESOL in overseas contexts"--  Read more... bankruptcy 1: Exploring the contradictions of language educating atmosphere the scene bankruptcy 2: 3 English lecturers bankruptcy three: Squeezing extra juice: pics of neighborhood English educating in Oaxacan groups bankruptcy four: Legitimacy, symbolic competence, and instructing English bankruptcy five: to allow them to shield themselves a bit: The meanings and contradictions of educating English bankruptcy 6: hiya, take it easy!: Ambivalence and language ideologies bankruptcy 7: I lasted in the future after which i used to be long gone: appearing legitimacy bankruptcy eight: Conclusions: (Re)legitimizing via tensions and ambiguities

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Of the three children, both Rocío and her older sister are English teachers. Her younger sister is also finishing her undergraduate studies in tourism while raising her baby, and may go into teaching in few years as well. The family’s steady government jobs with benefits in education have given them more economic stability than Carlos’ or Hilario’s families. Rocío’s mother’s family is from Juchitán, in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a hot, low-lying area in eastern Oaxaca that enjoys a fair level of economic prosperity compared with the rest of the state, thanks to several oil refineries, its strategic geographical location (the Panama Canal was originally planned to be cut through the Isthmus), and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean.

Except for the very old and very young, almost all indigenous persons also speak Spanish, although often an accented and stigmatized variety. Indigenous languages and customs are strongest in the poorest and most isolated communities; however, in many places this general characterization does not hold true, because, on the one hand, religious missionaries (initially 12 Exploring the Contradictions of Language Teaching Catholic and recently Evangelical, Mormon, and Jehovah’s Witness) have penetrated and had a significant influence in many remote villages1.

As I recount in chapter six, this sometimes was directly relevant to themes and issues I was investigating, as when the teachers would ask me to speak to them in English as a means of showing their students that they could talk “real” English with a native speaker. Because the teachers’ relationship with the ideology of native speakerism is something I was exploring, my interaction with the teacher became part of what I was studying. In the appendix, I offer a fuller exploration of the researcher’s identity and positionality in ethnographic work, and detailed description of the fieldwork and analysis.

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