Reality check: Identity struggle and experiences of NESTs living and teaching abroad

Leung, Alex and Yip, Timothy (2020) Reality check: Identity struggle and experiences of NESTs living and teaching abroad. In: Language Teacher Identity in TESOL: Teacher Education and Practice as Identity Work. Routledge Research in Language Education . Routledge, New York, pp. 161-178. ISBN 978036735956, 9780429342875

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Despite the demand for Native English Speaking Teachers (NESTs) by government and private, commercially driven programs worldwide, not much is known about NESTs’ actual lived experiences. We aim to address the gap by exploring some issues faced by teachers living and teaching overseas. Analyses of interview data collected from 9 NESTs (aged 26–40) who taught in Hong Kong, Japan, Romania, Thailand, and Vietnam showed that participants’ experiences are often complex and vary dramatically depending on locations and programs. Common to all are the shock and anxiety experienced when confronted with reality abroad. Socioprofessional otherization emerged as another key theme, alongside inadequate pre-job training and outside-work support. The native identity provides employment opportunities, but at times it also creates tension and led NESTs to be seen as eternally “foreign.” We underscore the complexity of teachers’ ethnic and professional identities. We also hope to provide a reality check and highlight the importance of preservice training and in-service support to better prepare and facilitate teachers considering a career abroad.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: X100 Training Teachers
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 11:47
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 03:30

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