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Zhang, Hong; Yuan, Rui – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2019
Although research on teacher educators' identities has received increasing attention in recent years, non-higher-education-based teacher educators' professional identities are still under-researched. Informed by the third space theory perspective, this paper presents a study that investigated 139 non-higher-education-based English as a foreign…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Zhang, Hong; Yuan, Rui; Wang, Qiang – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2018
Informed by an ethnographic approach, this study aims to investigate the professional culture of a group of English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers in a high school in China. Relying on data gathered through extended field observation and in-depth interviews, this study seeks to uncover the distinctive characteristics of EFL teacher culture…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Ethnography
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Han, Insuk – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2017
This study attempts to conceptualise English teachers' professional identity based on an understanding of identity in a socio-psychological framework, and thereby reveal the attributes and dynamics of professional identity by investigating Korean English teachers' cognitive, emotional and behavioural responses to their national English curriculum…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Curriculum Design
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Mahmoodi-Shahrebabaki, Masoud – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2017
The results of a substantial body of research affirm that the number of teachers leaving their jobs is on the increase and the evidence is strong that the most credible explanation for the attrition is the emotional nature of the profession. The present study aimed to explore the intervening effect of EFL teachers' anxiety on the correlations…
Descriptors: Teacher Burnout, Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Ai, Bin; Wang, Lifei – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2017
The purpose of this study is to reflect on my experience of teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in an inland Chinese university when I returned from Australia: I re-entered the space of EFL teaching, and experimented with a new model of teaching. In my experiment, I applied the concepts of third space and hybrid identity as a theoretical…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Cultural Context, Foreign Countries
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Yaghoubinejad, Hadi; Zarrinabadi, Nourollah; Nejadansari, Dariush – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2017
Research has shown that lack of motivation on either students or teachers' part negatively influences language learning. The latter case is a serious problem in this regard, since an unmotivated teacher will extinguish his learners' enthusiasm and energy for learning. This study employed a mixed-method approach to investigate the demotivating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Questionnaires
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Yuan, Rui; Burns, Anne – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2017
This study explores how two language teachers constructed and reconstructed their professional identities through their action research (AR) facilitated by university researchers in China. Informed by the theory of 'community of practice', the findings of the study show that AR exerted a transformative impact on the teachers' identity development.…
Descriptors: Action Research, Power Structure, Foreign Countries, Professional Identity
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Nguyen, Chinh Duc – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2017
As an emergent theme in educational research, examination of the lives and careers of teachers reveals a wide range of educational factors occurring in many different contexts. Despite the relationship between teaching and life outside school, research studies have been inclined towards the working aspects of teachers' lives. Rather than following…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Baleghizadeh, Sasan; Nasrollahi Shahri, Mohammad Naseh – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2014
The present article lies at the intersection of research on teacher cognition and speaking competence in a second language. It is a qualitative analysis of teacher accounts of speaking in the context of English as a foreign language (EFL) in Iran. More specifically, the study is an exploration of three EFL teachers' conceptions of learning and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Peiser, Gillian; Jones, Marion – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2014
This paper reports on a study that investigated teachers' perceptions about the significance of intercultural understanding (IU) in the modern foreign languages (MFL) curriculum. The research was conducted in the wake of a National Curriculum revision in 2007 in England that for the first time listed "IU" as one of the four key concepts…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness, Intercultural Communication, National Curriculum
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Whitsed, Craig; Volet, Simone – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2013
This study employs positioning theory to explore the experiences of adjunct foreign English language teachers (AFELT) in the Japanese university sector. The research is located in the broad internationalisation discourse and considers AFELT positions as "foreign" teachers at a time when the Japanese university sector is aiming to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Tsui, Amy B. M. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2009
This paper attempts to identify the distinctive qualities of successful veteran teachers, referred to as "expert teachers", which separates them not only from novice teachers but more importantly from experienced non-expert teachers. Based on earlier case studies, this paper maintains that the critical differences between expert and…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Case Studies, Expertise, Knowledge Base for Teaching