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Identity, in its many forms, is a very complex issue. Working in ELT, we are confronted with notions of cultural and linguistic identities on an almost daily basis; the mixed-national language classroom can bring its own issues of ethnic and national identities; an understanding of others’ religious identities frequently leads us to modify our lesson content. We are encouraged to reflect on such issues after every lesson we teach. Indeed, reflecting, defining and giving feedback are very often what we do best. Yet how often do we reflect on our own identities as teachers, especially given the myriad of situations we can find ourselves teaching in?

Moving from culture to culture is hugely enriching and often a prime motivation behind this choice of career. We develop a genuine interest in our students’ development, yet at the same time we need to be aware of our value and our limits within any learning situation. Awareness leads to the courage to be yourself, and this in turn is what drives change, in identity as in all other fields. Just think how the concept of gender identity has evolved.

From the ‘working man’ and ‘little woman’ of a century ago, to the growing acceptance of same-sex relationships, to questioning the whole concept of there being fixed genders. Similarly, the greatest achievement of the last few Paralympic Games has been the shift of perception from how admirable these disabled people are to attempt sports to what admirable sportspeople they are. Seeing Paralympians fighting for the right to compete in the regular Olympic games is a demonstration of the shift in disability identity. So how does all this relate to teaching? Find out.

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Pages: 30
Languages: English
Publisher: Intrinsic Books
Published: 31 Mar 2017
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  • Intrinsic Books
    We publish digital books for teachers and learners of English. Digital books that are cross-platform and can be read on a PC or a Mac or on your iPad, tablet or smart phone. Intrinsic books are sold via our sales platform, flexitome.com Each book you buy is added to your online Library at Flexitome. Your Library is instantly accessible every time you log in to your Flexitome account. All Intrinsic digital books come with digital right management (DRM) and sections of books that are photocopiable are provided as downloadable PDFs.
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