Rediscovering identity: a more generous reality for Hong Kong pre-service non-native English teacher communicators participating in an immersion program at two Australian universities

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Young, Kathryn. 2011. "Rediscovering identity: a more generous reality for Hong Kong pre-service non-native English teacher communicators participating in an immersion program at two Australian universities ." Howard, Sarah (ed.) AARE 2010: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2010: Making a Difference. Melbourne, Australia 28 Nov - 02 Dec 2010 Melbourne, Australia.
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Rediscovering identity: a more generous reality for Hong Kong pre-service non-native English teacher communicators participating in an immersion program at two Australian universities

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AuthorYoung, Kathryn
EditorsHoward, Sarah
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the AARE Conference 2010: Making a Difference
ERA Conference ID50546
Number of Pages11
Year2011
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.aare.edu.au/10pap/1827Young.pdf
Conference/EventAARE 2010: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2010: Making a Difference
International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education
Event Details
AARE 2010: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2010: Making a Difference
Event Date
28 Nov 2010 to end of 02 Dec 2010
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Event Details
International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education
Abstract

[Abstract]:
Identity and images of self that non native English speaking teachers have of themselves often separate teaching from language and is premised on technical communication expertise with English language. However, there remains a capacity for their identity and
images of self to change and reflect a counter discourse because identity is something that ‘each age and society recreates…over historical, social, intellectual and political processes that take place as a contest involving individuals and institutions’ (Said, 1995). This paper reports on research that critically examines ways in which Hong Kong pre-service teachers undertaking an immersion attachment at two Australian universities, have through
collective and individual processes of making, remaking and negotiating their identity, begun processes that allow them to conceive of themselves as other than what constitutes
efficiency in language learning and communication. It reveals how they draw on continuing links with their locations as they rediscover and reconstitute their identity beyond the binary division of self and the other. It further reveals much about an ongoing dilemma encountered
in similar instructional settings where international non native speakers of English enrol. This dilemma relates to charting a course that favours a counter narrative avoiding the divisions of humanity into ‘us’ and ‘them’ and is premised on discovering a more generative and generous reality in teaching and learning.

Keywordsself-identity, efficacy, non-native English speaking teachers
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
SeriesAARE International Education Research Conference - 2010
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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