Shifts in NNESTs’ Professional Identity: An Impact of Language and Culture Immersion

| December 28, 2007
Shifts in NNESTs Professional Identity: An Impact of Language and Culture Immersion

Keywords: NNEST, identity, professional identity, immersion

Anita Dewi
CILACS Universitas Islam Indonesia

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Anita Dewi is a staff member of CILACS Universitas Islam Indonesia and is currently taking a Master of Education degree in TESOL International at Monash University under the APS-Ausaid scholarship. Her research interests are identity, language and culture.

There have been studies on topics related to teacher identity (Beijaard et al., 2004; Bauer & McAdams, 2004; Varghese et al., 2005), however, these researchers do not examine the shift in professional identity of Non-Native English Speaking Teachers (NNESTs). Thus, this research-based paper is aimed at filling this gap. This study, which is my M.Ed. thesis at Monash University, explores the shift in professional identity of Indonesian English as a Foreign Language (EFL) educators currently studying at Monash University, particularly the influence of English language and cultural immersion on how these people perceive themselves prior to returning to Indonesia. Specifically, this study examines the identity formation of NNESTs; what professional identities Indonesian EFL educators bring with them, the identity changes during the period of their studies at Monash University; whether there is a professional identity shift happening for these people within the time range of arriving in, staying in and leaving Australia, and its influences on identity transformation.

See pages 111-125

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