Deconstructing aspects of native speakerism: Reflections from in-service teacher education

Hall, Stephen J. * (2012) Deconstructing aspects of native speakerism: Reflections from in-service teacher education. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 9 (3). pp. 107-130.

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In many Asian contexts, issues of who teaches and educates teachers in English Language Teaching remain challenging with status accorded to socalled ‘native speakers’. Issues still remain after two decades of research calling for deconstruction of the native speaker fallacy. Drawing on critiques of the concept, as well as teacher education research, this paper suggests ways to deconstruct the maze of native speakerism. Recent Malaysian in- service training research shows that positioning and modeling can override the origin of the teacher educator, namely a so-called native speaker background. Descriptions of techniques to help deconstruct native speakerism at the interactional level are derived from teacher educator reflection on data. Possibilities for countering native speakerism are suggested through descriptions of how teacher educators may model and use humour to address perceptions of hierarchy. With the growing use of English as an additional language, research into who teaches or educates teachers could also address the challenges of hidden professional racism sustained by factors such as so-called Standard English. Practical approaches from teacher educator reflections on their interaction with Malaysian teachers suggest ways to reconstruct aspects of native speakerism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher education, native speakers, reflection
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for English Language Studies > English for Specific Academic Purposes Unit
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2016 08:55
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2020 06:48

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