Language, Power, and Nation-Building

So far, we have been looking at teacher identity and critical self reflection; now let’s zoom out to look at some of the “big picture” influences that shape the content and atmosphere in the language classroom. As I wrote last time, language is not neutral. Corson (1993) is quick to note that there is a …

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Overcoming the Myth of Neutrality

Like anyone else, a teacher is in part a product of his or her environment. Ellis (2016) emphasizes the "languaged lives" of teachers, in which their own experiences with language education "inform their identities and positioning as teachers of English"...