Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

''They asked me to teach English, so I did'': The construction of teacher professional identity of zhuangang elementary EFL teachers in China

December 14, 2017 
10 - 11 am 
Vernon Ready Room 


This study aims to deepen our understanding about the under-researched identity formation experiences of zhuangang elementary EFL teachers who were not trained as English language teachers in schools. Drawing on an integrated conceptual framework on teacher professional identity and interview data, I investigate their ''identity-in-practice'' and ''identity-in-discourse'' and tentatively conclude that their identities are (1) in a way assigned and reflect morally and politically correct alignment, and (2) marked by different levels of engagement shaped by factors concerning educational policies and practices, communities, institutions and ideologies. Implications on language teacher professional development are discussed.


Dr Tao Xiong is associate professor of applied linguistics at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China, and is currently a China Scholarship Council sponsored visiting scholar at Queen's University. His research interests include discourse studies in language education policy and curriculum, bilingual education, and language teacher development.