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Title: Explorations of Native-Speakerism in Foreign Language Teaching
Authors: Rivers, Damian
Abstract: Drawing upon the institutional literature of one specific department at a private foreign language university within Japan, and the juxtaposition of personal experience with audio and email interviews, this presentation explores an ongoing quest for liberation and transformation among six ‘native-English speaker’ educators from workplace practices underpinned by native-speakerist ideology. The methodological stance adopted within this study was primarily one of postmodernism which sought to “dig deeper and reveal the hidden and the counter” (Holliday, 2007: 19) via the sharing of rarely heard minority voices. Despite having professional reservations about the commonsensical institutional practices they were expected to adhere to, these ‘native-English speakers’ felt unable to vocalize their concerns due to a fear of being labelled as an in-group deviant and losing their position within the established social hierarchy, not having their contract renewed, or being fired. Indeed, it is known that “native English language teachers…can only comprehend themselves and their whole experience teaching English within the framework of a Japan that ultimately…imperils them…to explore the borders of shame when they try to speak of their experience” (Caesar & Bueno, 2003: 21). This presentation will also illustrate how ‘native-English speaker’ teachers within Japan in general are imprisoned by ideologies that position them as being answerable to a complex model of prototypicality. Overcoming the restrictions of this model will only be possible after the dissection of dominant social representations that unfortunately tend to “impose themselves upon us with an irresistible force” (Moscovici, 1984: 9), making change in the near future unlikely.
Research Achievement Classification: 国際会議/International Conference
Type: Conference Paper
Peer Review: あり/yes
Solo/Joint Author(s): 単著/solo
Date: 2-Apr-2012
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