By Peter Sayer
The significant subject matter of this e-book is the ambiguities and tensions lecturers face as they try to place themselves in ways in which legitimize them as language lecturers, and as English audio system. targeting 3 EFL lecturers and their colleges within the southern Mexican country of Oaxaca, it files how traditional practices of language educators are formed via their social context, and examines the jobs, identities, and ideologies that lecturers create for you to navigate and negotiate their particular context. it truly is specific in bringing jointly a number of present theoretical and methodological advancements in TESOL and utilized linguistics: the functionality of language ideologies and identities, serious TESOL pedagogy and study, and ethnographic tools in study on language studying and teaching. Balancing and mixing descriptive reporting of the lecturers and their contexts with a theoretical dialogue which connects their neighborhood issues and practices to broader matters in TESOL in overseas contexts, it permits readers to understand the delicate complexities that supply upward push to the “tensions and ambiguities” in EFL lecturers’ specialist lives.
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The inherent problem with ethnography, that someone has the authority to represent and speak for others, was further complicated by my identity as a White, Anglophone Canadian. As a gringo researcher (although gringo can be used depreciatively, in Mexico it generally just means a White person, and in particular an Anglo-American), my presence certainly had an impact on the social scene I was studying. Since participant observation is, after all, participatory, I generally stuck my nose in things whenever it seemed appropriate, and certainly accepted an invitation from the teachers to be involved in the classroom or community goingson.
As is the case with many contemporary indigenous villages, most of Oaxaca’s pueblos are caught somewhere between the loss of the coherence of values of the past, and the many obstacles that they face in acquiring access to dominant Mexican forms of material and symbolic capital. English Language Education in Mexico In the public education system, English has been taught as an ofﬁcial part of the Ministry of Education curriculum at the secondary level since 1954 (Secretaria de Educación Pública [SEP], 2010).
30 Three English Teachers I remember I went to the [teachers] union ofﬁce to see if there were any openings. Damn, how naive I was! The guy told me straight up it was going to be 15,000 pesos [US$1,300] just to hand him my application, you know, because he had to pay this guy and that guy. Can you believe it? He was totally matter-of-fact and up-front about it. Just that he had to pay people off, and then in ﬁve months, maaaaybe the papers would come through, and then I’d pay another 15,000. ” He just laughed.