Becoming an English language teacher: linguistic knowledge, anxieties and the shifting sense of identity

Giovanelli, Marcello (2015) Becoming an English language teacher: linguistic knowledge, anxieties and the shifting sense of identity. Language and Education, 29 (5). pp. 416-429. ISSN 1747-7581

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Abstract

English language is a fast-growing and popular subject at A level, but the majority of qualified secondary teachers in the UK have subject expertise and backgrounds in literature. This paper reports on interviews with seven secondary English teachers who discuss the strategies they used when taking on the responsibility of A-level English language teaching for the first time. It highlights the shifting sense of identity that these teachers felt they went through, and as such, explores some emerging issues related to identity from a narrative/personal history perspective. The study reveals that despite feelings of anxiety and low self-confidence, teachers felt that the experience had been a positive one in terms of their own developing identity as an English teacher and had impacted on other aspects of their teaching. The paper raises questions about the value of language-based work for English teachers and has implications for UK initial and continuing teacher education in English.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: linguistics, A-level English language, subject knowledge, teacher identity, teacher education
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09500782.2015.1031677
Depositing User: Collier, Elanor
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 12:04
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2016 00:16
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/31834

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