ERIC Number: EJ1089449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Intersecting Global and Local: The Intercultural and Intersubjective Constructions of "Expatriate" and "Local" Teachers in the Search for the "X Factor"
Bridges, Susan; emerald, elke
Pedagogies: An International Journal, v8 n4 p316-335 2013
In 1998, the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region began a large-scale project to import qualified, experienced native-speaking teachers of English into Hong Kong secondary schools. The Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) scheme later expanded to include Hong Kong primary schools. Currently, teachers from around the world are placed in local (Hong Kong) classrooms and staffrooms. This intersection of local and global teaching professionals is the site for the examination of interculturalist theories through interactionist methodologies. Data in the form of a semi-structured interview with a Local English Teacher (LET) is analysed using Membership Categorization Analysis. The analysis addresses two key questions. First, how are intercultural categories and attributes talked into being? Second, how can examination of these categories lead to improved understanding of the intersubjective relations between local and expatriate teachers? Findings from analysis have implications for teachers' professional development in cross-cultural contexts.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Native Speakers, Semi Structured Interviews, Cultural Influences, Faculty Development, Global Approach, Theories, Intercultural Communication, Interaction, Social Influences, Teacher Characteristics, Classification, Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong