Language teaching in the ‘third space’: Identity trajectories and professional development needs

Show simple item record Mendieta, Jenny Rütti-Joy, O 2023-03-03T01:53:47Z 2023-03-03T01:53:47Z 2023-02-06
dc.identifier.citation (2023). Language Teaching Research Quarterly, 33, 99-114.
dc.description.abstract As Pennington and Richards (2016) observe, a teacher’s sense of what it means to be a teacher is created interactively with the knowledge base and identity of the larger field. Technological developments and unprecedented societal change have recently, however, rendered the teaching profession more complex and diverse. This is particularly evident in higher education settings, where clear divisions between professional and academic areas are increasingly blurred. The breaking down of strict boundaries between professional domains gives rise to a “third space” (Whitchurch, 2008), which staff, including language teachers, must learn to navigate. Reconstructing their identities in highly dynamic third spaces can place language teachers in liminal states of inbetween-ness and ambiguity (Beech, 2011), where negotiating stable identities becomes especially demanding. While language teacher identity in the context of higher education has been widely discussed, the implications of transitioning into ‘third space’ settings for language teachers’ identities have received less attention. Adopting a theorising from practice approach (Richards, 2016), in this reflective autoethnographic article, we examine our shifting language teacher identities as we seek to successfully navigate ‘third space’ work environments in New Zealand and Switzerland. We use critical reflection to explore how our professional identities have evolved as we switched from relatively ‘bounded’ language teaching roles to more fluid and dynamic ‘third space’ positions. Further, we discuss the role of professional development as enablers (or inhibitors) of our evolving language teacher identities as we moved into roles that diverged from what we had initially trained for. Lastly, we relate these reflections to suggestions for professional development that could help language teachers better respond to the demands of an increasingly diversified and complex profession.
dc.relation.ispartofseries Language Teaching Research Quarterly
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dc.title Language teaching in the ‘third space’: Identity trajectories and professional development needs
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.32038/ltrq.2023.33.05
pubs.begin-page 99
pubs.volume 33 2023-02-06T20:27:07Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The authors en
pubs.end-page 114
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pubs.subtype Article
pubs.elements-id 949804
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2023-02-07 2023-02-06

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