Exploring Japanese University English Teachers' Professional Identity
Author: Diane Hawley Nagatomo
- Paperback - 232 pages
- 30 Jan 2012
- Multilingual Matters
- 210 x 148
This book contributes to the growing field of EFL teacher identity, which is now recognized to influence numerous aspects of classroom teaching and of student learning. It focuses on an under-researched, and yet highly influential group of teachers that shape English language education in Japan: Japanese university English teachers. In three interrelated narrative studies, it examines how four relatively new teachers develop professional identity as they become members of the community of practice of university English teachers; how gender impacts the professional identity of seven female professors ranging in age from their early 30s to their 60s; and how one teacher’s teaching practices and beliefs reflect her personal and professional identity.
â€˜Exploring Japanese University English Teachersâ€™ Professional Identityâ€™ is the product of a study that has its origins in formal academia, yet it is written and presented in a reader-friendly format that makes it accessible, not only to the research community and English language teachers, but also to just about anyone interested in teaching and learning about higher education in Japan...Scholars of language study, particularly, teacher trainers, will find this book invaluable, as the reflections of the participants show that a one-size-fits-all type of pedagogical training may not be effective, and that consideration of the traineeâ€™s sociocultural, political and personal contexts needs to be considered in order to yield best practices. Researchers intending to study teachersâ€™ identity and beliefs will find the research methodology useful and easily replicated. Finally, this book will prove extremely useful to anyone intending to consider a teaching position in Japan. From the â€˜backpackerâ€™ (Thornbury, 2002) teacher to university teachers and researchers, this book is a must-read, as it gives a better understanding of the inner workings of the Japanese education system, in particular, the workplace culture...After reading this book, I now understand these juxtaposed attitudes. I truly enjoyed reading â€˜Exploring Japanese University Teachersâ€™ Professional Identityâ€™ from the perspective of a language scholar, teacher educator and English teacher.
- LINGUIST LIST, 23.5053, Tue Dec 04, 2012
- Jennifer Tan, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Exploring Japanese University English Teachersâ€™ Professional Identity offers a fascinating picture of the current state of English teaching at the university level in Japanâ€¦The book is a valuable addition to the libraries of university teachers, as well as of those interested in studies of gender, professional identity, English teaching, narrative research, and the teaching context in Japanâ€¦Nagatomo illustrates her points in a clear, succinct, and conversational tone, creating a book that is both persuasive and easy to read.
- JALT Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2, November 2013
- Crystal Green, University of JyvÃ¤skylÃ¤, Finland
This book makes an important contribution to research on English language teaching through a series of studies that focus on the experiences of Japanese teachers of English in Japanese universities. It offers insights into the place of English in the Japanese higher education system, and the ways in which Japanese teachers of English negotiate their professional identities within that system. The bookâ€™s complex and detailed analysis of teacher identity, though small in scope, provides an important counter to a range of negative discourses that have circulated about English language teaching in Japan. The book has much to offer teachers, teacher educators, and researchers interested in English language teaching as an aspect of university education.
- Australia Review of Applied Linguistics, Issue 36.3 (2013)
- Roslyn Appleby, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
I highly recommend this book to anyone teaching at the university level in Japan, or to anyone interested in the professional identities of women in the Japan workforce, as it is not only rigorously researched and analyzed through a variety of frameworks, but it is also presented in an engaging and easy to read narrative style allowing the honest self-reflections of the Japanese participants to be heard.
- The Journal and Proceedings of GALE 2012 Vol. 5
- Laurel Kamada, Tohoku University, Japan
Diane Hawley Nagatomo has been living and teaching in Japan for more than 30 years. She is an Associate Professor at Ochanomizu University and her research interests include teacher and learner identity, teachers' beliefs, and EFL materials development. She has authored and co-authored numerous EFL textbooks for the Japanese market.
Postgraduate, Research / Professional