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    Teacher identity in language teaching: integrating personal, contextual, and professional factors

    Pennington, Martha and Richards, J.C. (2016) Teacher identity in language teaching: integrating personal, contextual, and professional factors. RELC Journal 47 (1), pp. 5-23. ISSN 0033-6882.

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    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.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Language teaching, teacher identity, teacher learning, teacher education, language learning, second language
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 10:06
    Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 10:06


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