ERIC Number: EJ1097835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Teacher Identity in Language Teaching: Integrating Personal, Contextual, and Professional Factors
Pennington, Martha C.; Richards, Jack C.
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v47 n1 p5-23 Apr 2016
This article reviews notions of identity and teacher identity, how these relate to the specific characteristics of language teaching, and how teacher identity can evolve or be developed through experience and teacher education. The notion of teacher identity highlights the individual characteristics of the teacher and how these are integrated with the possibilities and potentials provided in the institutional identity of teacher and the content and methods of a specific field, as these are realized in specific contexts of teaching. The elements of a teacher identity in language teaching are derived from a review of literature on identity and described in terms of the foundational and advanced competences required for language teaching, as illustrated by excerpts from teacher narratives. The discussion concludes with recommendations for teacher education and professional development with a focus on identity.
Descriptors: Self Concept, Professional Identity, Individual Characteristics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Teaching Methods, Course Content, Language Teachers, Teaching Skills, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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