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Constructing A Professional Identity: Non-Native Speakers as Teachers in College Freshman Composition Classes in an American University
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
English as a Second Language
Dr. Yong Lang
Dr. Deborah Cole
Dr. Pamela Anderson-Mejias
This study is a qualitative, quantitative investigation of how non-native speakers of English construct a professional identity as teachers of English composition and rhetoric in freshman classes in an American University and how their students perceived such identity. A sample of 4 participants teaching ENG 1301 Rhetoric and Composition classes were recruited. Data were gathered through personal interviews, questionnaires, class observations, and students' anonymous survey at the end of their course to measure course satisfaction and their perception of their non-native speaker instructors. The investigation revealed that in order to develop a Professional Teacher Identity, non-native speakers of English need to find an alignment between their individual subjectivities and the cultural expectations of the profession.
University of Texas-Pan American
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