By Peter Sayer
The vital topic of this e-book is the ambiguities and tensions academics face as they try to place themselves in ways in which legitimize them as language lecturers, and as English audio system. targeting 3 EFL lecturers and their faculties within the southern Mexican kingdom of Oaxaca, it files how traditional practices of language educators are formed by means of their social context, and examines the jobs, identities, and ideologies that lecturers create with the intention to navigate and negotiate their particular context. it's specified in bringing jointly numerous present theoretical and methodological advancements in TESOL and utilized linguistics: the functionality of language ideologies and identities, serious TESOL pedagogy and study, and ethnographic tools in study on language studying and teaching. Balancing and mixing descriptive reporting of the lecturers and their contexts with a theoretical dialogue which connects their neighborhood matters and practices to broader concerns in TESOL in foreign contexts, it permits readers to understand the delicate complexities that supply upward thrust to the “tensions and ambiguities” in EFL lecturers’ specialist lives.
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He was totally matter-of-fact and up-front about it. Just that he had to pay people off, and then in ﬁve months, maaaaybe the papers would come through, and then I’d pay another 15,000. ” He just laughed. I mean, he was respectful and nice enough, but that’s just how things are, you know? With no palanca through family connections or money bribe for the union bureaucrats, Hilario had no way of even applying for a stable union teaching position in the public system. ” His only option then was to look for a job at a private school.
However, the year that Rocío planned to start, there were political problems at the Normal School that prevented her admission6. Although it didn’t have the same guaranteed job upon graduation, her mother advised her instead to enroll in the TESOL program in the language department of the public university. She followed her mother’s advice, although it wasn’t her ﬁrst choice and she struggled during the ﬁrst semesters in the program. She admits she wasn’t particularly motivated to learn English, and instead had been planning to work with young children in a public primary school.
For example, in the village where Rocío works in the opening vignette, there is an intimate connection between “Lanvich” and “Tlaxca”, that is, Long Beach, California, near Los Angeles, and the remote Chinanteco village of Tlaxcaltepec, where ethnically indigenous, English-speaking adolescents streetwise in urban America must learn to interact in Chinanteco in ways that are culturally appropriate in the village. Although this phenomenon links the pueblos to the outside world, the local to the global as it were, and provides a modicum of economic security, it also exacerbates many social problems, and undermines the intergenerational transmission of traditional cultural and linguistic practices.
Ambiguities and Tensions in English Language Teaching: Portraits of EFL Teachers as Legitimate Speakers by Peter Sayer