English language teachers in higher education: a different tribe?

Bell, Douglas (2021) English language teachers in higher education: a different tribe? Working Paper. N/A. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Recent years have witnessed a heightening of interest in the role of teachers working in EAP (English for Academic Purposes), particularly when it comes to issues around their professional identity. However, most authors paint a dismal picture, when comparing the status and professional standing of English language teachers with academics working in other disciplines. Drawing on qualitative interview data gathered from 15 high-profile EAP professionals, this paper first applies the Becherian concept of academic tribes and territories, then uses sociological models developed by Basil Bernstein and Pierre Bourdieu in offering a theoretical framework to account for EAP’s perceived marginalised status. The paper concludes that although EAP currently faces several threats, if English language teachers in higher education are to gain the professional recognition they desire, then they must strive to trade more explicitly on those forms of capital most valued by the academy.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords: English Language Teaching; EAP; professional status; academic identity; academic tribes; symbolic capital; private providers; Becher; Bernstein; Bourdieu
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Education
University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of English
Depositing User: Wu, Cocoa
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 02:34
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 02:34
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/64813

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