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Title:Polycentricity and agency in the construction of expatriate teacher identity and pedagogical practice
Author(s):Greenfield, Anita K
Advisor(s):Bhatt, Rakesh M
Department / Program:Linguistics
Discipline:Teaching of English Sec Lang
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):expatriate teacher, polycentricity, agency, identity
Abstract:Expatriate language teachers are often located at the nexus of two or more ideological systems with conflicting educational and linguistic values (Eusafzai, 2015; Scotland, 2014). These conflicts in values along with the more immediate pressure of working within a foreign education institution affect (i) how teachers construct their identities as educators and professionals (Bailey, 2015; Chestnut, 2016; Nielsen, 2014; Romanowski & Nasser, 2015) and (ii) their pedagogy (Scotland, 2014). In this study, using data from semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and university classroom observations and recordings, I examine: 1) the micro, meso, and macro level factors that influence the identities, classroom pedagogies, and classroom language practice of expatriate teachers in South Korea, and 2) how these teachers discursively navigate these conflicting forces in and across levels in the agentive construction of their language teacher identity and in their classroom language practices. Drawing from studies of the sociolinguistics of globalization (Blommaert, 2010), I combine the notion of polycentricity with the Douglas Fir Group’s (2016) framework for SLA to better understand teacher agency in the construction of teacher identity and in classroom language practices.
Issue Date:2020-05-15
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Anita Greenfield
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-08-27
Date Deposited:2020-05

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