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

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Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2009 - Education - 206 pages
Most of the research into ELT has focused on its linguistic and methodological aspects, which are based on Western scientific traditions. The contributions and experiences of English language teachers themselves, especially their work in overseas contexts, have frequently been overlooked. This volume aims to document the complexity of ELT as work in new global economic and cultural conditions, and to explore how this complexity is realised in the everyday experiences of ELT teachers. The development of ELT from the colonial experience to its current status as a global commodity is explored; ELT is then situated in the discourses of globalisation, specifically within Appadurais theorisation of global flows of people, images, ideas, technology and money, or scapes. Within this framework, narratives are constructed from the experiences of Native-speaking English teachers. These reveal much about the personal, pedagogical and cultural dimensions of ELT work in non-Centre countries, and will contribute to a greater understanding of the intercultural dimensions of ELT for all those who work in it, and in related educational fields.

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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.

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