Language Teacher Recognition Narratives of Filipino English Teachers in Japan Author: Alison Stewart

Format:
Ebook(EPUB) - 176 pages
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ISBN:
9781788927918
Published:
31 Mar 2020
Series:
New Perspectives on Language and Education
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Dimensions:
234 x 156
Availability:
Forthcoming

Summary

This book presents the career narratives of an under-researched group of teachers: immigrant Filipino teachers of English working mainly with young and very young learners in Japan. It provides a nuanced and revealing critique of poststructuralist views of identity and proposes recognition theories as an alternative perspective. It explores the role of the community found in language teacher associations in the formation and strengthening of language teacher identity and reveals new insights into morality and social justice in language teacher identity. The narratives of the teachers and the communities of which they are part demonstrate how prejudice affects those faced by it, and how speaking about and celebrating success can affirm individual and group identity.

Review:

Stewart’s book goes where previous language teacher identity books have not gone, focusing on an under-researched group, Filipino English teachers in Japan, while adopting an identity politics perspective which draws on the work of scholars such as Alex Honneth and Charles Taylor. Extremely well written, it is a must-read for anyone interested in language teacher identity.

- David Block, ICREA and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Author Biography:

Alison Stewart is Professor of English Education at Gakushuin University, Japan. Her research interests include language teaching and identity and language teacher associations.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional




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