Cross-border pre-service teachers in Hong Kong: ‘To be or not to be integrated, that is the problem’
AbstractThis study uses the findings of discourse theory to explore the teaching identities of a group of mainland Chinese pre-service teachers of English in a Teacher Education Institute in Hong Kong. Exploring how the teaching identities are discursively constructed, the study suggests that 1) the pre-service teachers negotiate their own positions within multiple positionings from peers, students on teaching practicum and the broader enterprise of professional language teaching in Hong Kong; 2) they discursively construct their teaching identity as ‘English language teachers with particular linguistic and cultural backgrounds’ to gain legitimacy. The study extends understandings of the interconnected relations of discourse and identity in such contexts.
Gu, M. (2010, October). Cross-border pre-service teachers in Hong Kong: ‘To be or not to be integrated, that is the problem’. Paper presented at the Languages of education: The Chinese context conference, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.