A Critical Ethnography of ‘Westerners’ Teaching English in China: Shanghaied in Shanghai

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Routledge, Feb 11, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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Tens of thousands of Western ‘teachers’, many of whom would not be considered teachers elsewhere, are employed to teach English in public and private education in China. Little has previously been known, except anecdotally, about their experiences, about the effect they have on education in the context, or on students’ perceptions of ‘the West’ that result from this contact. This book is an ethnographic study of Westerners’ lived experiences teaching English in Shanghai, China. It is based on three years of groundbreaking research into the pre-service training, classroom practices, personal identities and motives, and local socially constructed roles of a group of ‘backpacker teachers’ from the UK, the USA and Canada. It is a study that goes beyond the classroom, addressing broader questions about the sociology, and politics, of transnational education and China’s evolving relationship with the outside world.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 English teaching in China
14
3 Theorizing transnationals in China
39
4 Showing the workings
64
5 Teachers training and teaching
81
6 Understanding oral English
99
7 The pressure to be fun
125
8 Its not about English teaching
151
9 Gendered identities
168
10 Training outcomes and teacher needs
194
11 Constructing and maintaining identities
209
12 Recommendations and reflections
223
References
254
Index
274
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Phiona Stanley is a lecturer at the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of New South Wales. She holds Politics and Education Masters degrees and a PhD in Education. She has taught in six countries including China, and has trained teachers on Cambridge CELTA and MEd at various Australian universities including offshore courses in China.

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