Travellers' Tales: The Expatriate English Language Teacher in the New Global Culture

Travellers' Tales: The Expatriate English Language Teacher in the New Global Culture

by Roderick Neilsen

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ISBN-13: 9781443801508
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Roderick Neilsen studied modern languages at Cardiff University and began teaching English as a Foreign Language in the UK in the early 1980s. He taught English in secondary and tertiary institutions in Saudi Arabia, Colombia and Brunei before he settled in Brisbane, Australia in 1996. He taught General English and ESP and trained English Language teachers at the University of Queensland for several years before engaging in practitioner-based research for his PhD. He now lectures in language, linguistics and education, writes ELT fiction readers, and continues to be involved in practitioner-based research projects across disciplines.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Chapter One Global Nomads 1

1.0 Introduction

1.1 The beginnings of the study

1.2 Working in ELT

1.2.1 The expatriate ELT experience: cultural identity and change

1.3 The purpose and significance of the study

1.3.1 Organisation of the book

Chapter Two The Work of ELT from The Black Death to the Internet 12

2.0 Introduction

2.1 The linguistic, social and professional complexities of ELT

2.1.1 ELT as a complex field: profession or industry?

2.1.2 The complexity of ELT specializations

2.2 ELT and power relations

2.2.1 Power from the Centre: colonialism and the British Council

2.2.2 Centre power expands: American influence

2.2.3 Consolidation of power: professional associations

2.2.4 Global power: post colonial English

2.3 The Post-Colonial Spread of English

2.3.1 Images of English: mixed feelings

2.3.2 World Englishes

2.4 Critiques of the global roles of ELT

2.5 The work of teachers

2.5.1 Teaching as work: reconstruction of mainstream teaching

2.6 Differences between ELT and Mainstream Teaching

2.6.1 Conditions of employment within ELT

2.6.2 Professional issues: comparisons of ELT with modern languages teaching

2.6.3 Industrial issues: teacher shortages

2.6.4 More industrial issues: ELT disputes

2.7 Teaching English around the world: methodological issues

2.8 Summary and Conclusion

Chapter Three Opening the Universe: Cultural and Economic Flow in the Twenty-First Century 58

3.0 Introduction

3.1 Globalisation: an overview

3.2 Globalisation theories

3.2.1 Risk in Social Change

3.2.2 Disjuncture in Global Flows: Appadurai's Scapes

3.3 ELT and theethnoscapes

3.3.1 Global nomads

3.3.2 Entering the ethnoscapes: preparing for change

3.3.3 Differences in cultures of work

3.3.4 Intercultural personal relationships

3.4 ELT in the mediascapes and ideoscapes

3.4.1 Individual identity and change

3.4.2 Images of national culture

3.4.3 Cultural Exchange: intercultural work

3.4.4 ELT materials as cultural content

3.5 ELT in the technoscapes and financescapes

3.5.1 The global business of ELT

3.6 Summary and conclusion

Chapter Four Talking to the Teachers 89

4.0 Introduction

4.1 ELT teachers as ethnographic subjects

4.1.1 Case studies: considerations

4.2 Previous studies of teachers' "forms of life"

4.3 The study

4.3.1 Stage one: the pilot study

4.3.2 The Subjects

4.3.3 Interview Questions

4.3.4 The framework for data analysis

Chapter Five Ethnoscapes: ELT Teachers in the Shifting World 107

5.0 The Scapes: a general introduction

5.1 Entering the Shifting World

5.1.1 An "accidental" career

5.1.2 The experience of being "othered"

5.1.3 Expatriate networks

5.2 Moments of Disruption

5.2.1 Moments of disruption: personal experiences

5.2.2 The Role of Teacher

5.2.3 The teacher as a representative of "Western" culture

5.2.4 Revised views of "home": "We can't go back to Kansas"

5.3 Summary and Conclusion

Chapter Six Mediascapes and Ideoscapes: The Hyperreel 129

6.0 Introduction

6.1 Strips of Reality: images of other cultures

6.2 Images of the "West"

6.2.1 All things American: mixed feelings

6.3 Disjunctures in the mediascapes and the ideoscapes

6.3.1 Attitudes towards the dominance of English

6.3.2 Control Structures

6.3.3 Disjunctures in gender roles

6.3.4 Disjunctures in views of the roles of the teacher

6.4 Summary and Conclusion

Chapter Seven Technoscapes and Financescapes: Disjunctures in the Engines of Globalisation 145

7.0 Introduction

7.1 Contrasts: who needs English and why?

7.1.1 Private and Public institutions: ESP

7.1.2 Private and public institutions: teachers' economics

7.2 ELT in first and third world nations

7.3 Methodology in the financescapes and technoscapes

7.3.1 Methodology and change in ELT

7.4 ELT in a Saudi military context: an example of disjuncture at the intersections of the scapes

7.5 Summary and Conclusion

Chapter Eight ELT Today and Tomorrow 165

8.0 Introduction

8.1 Review of chapters

8.2 ELT and the role of English

8.3 The English Language Teacher and "glocalisation"

8.4 Implications for ELT methodology

8.5 Recommendations for ELT training

8.6 Recommendations for further research

8.7 Concluding remarks

References 184

Appendix A Abbreviations Used 203

Appendix B Details of Subjects 205

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