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Non-Native English Speaking Teachers' Identity: Review of Relevant Studies and Critical Issues for Future Studies

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2009, 10(1), pp.20-45
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

Jeon, Jihyun 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study intended to explore issues related to Non-Native English Speaking Teacher (NNEST)s' identity. Although NNESTs have come to take a great responsibility in English Language Teaching (ELT), most NNESTs still struggle for equal treatment with Native English Speaking Teacher (NEST)s in ELT. Establishing a solid identity as a teaching professional and being aware of critical issues they might face would help NNESTs to establish the basis of understanding their possibilities of self-development in ELT. For this, this study first briefly reviewed the relevant studies for identity formation, especially focusing on the importance of identity construction and examined the relevant NNESTs' identity studies. Then some critical issues that need further investigations were highlighted with related literature in order to contribute to the development of NNESTs' equal and secure status in ELT as well as to empower teacher education programs in ELT. Three issues for future empirical research were proposed.

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