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ERIC Number: EJ1051504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1657-0790
The Portrayal of EFLTeachers in Official Discourse: The Perpetuation of Disdain (La imagen de los profesores de inglés como lengua extranjera en el discurso oficial: la perpetuación del desdén)
Guerrero, Carmen Helena
PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, v12 n2 p33-49 Oct 2010
The purpose of this article is to offer an interpretation of the images of Colombian English teachers constructed in official discourse, particularly (but not exclusively) in the document "Estándares básicos de competencias en lenguas extranjeras: inglés. Formar en lenguas extranjeras, el reto". This is part of a larger critical discourse analysis research study whose main data source is the aforementioned document. The analysis was conducted following a Hallidayan "clause as representation" approach combined with Fairclough's methodology for a critical discourse analysis. Three main images were found: teachers are invisible; teachers as clerks; and teachers as technicians/marketers. The conclusions show that official discourse plays into folk concepts of Colombian teachers and feeds into them to validate official unilateral decisions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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