[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series

Department of English doe at admu.edu.ph
Mon Nov 9 10:32:48 PHT 2009

                     Kritika Kultura Lecture Series Presents

                  Teaching English as an International Language:
                       Identity, Resistance and Negotiation


                                Prof. Phan Le Ha

                        25 November 2009, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
                              NGF Conference Room
                               De la Costa Bldg.
                          Ateneo de Manila University
                               Loyola Heights, QC

The Lecture

Building on both Western and Asian theoretical resources and a
critical examination of the cultural politics of English and English
language teaching, this presentation exlores how Western-trained
Vietnamese teachers of English see themselves as professionals and
individuals in relation to their work practices. It reveals the
tensions, compromises, negotiations and resistance in their enactment
of different roles and selves, especially when they are exposed to
values often associated with the English-speaking West. The ways they
perceive their identity formation problematise and challenge the
seemingly dominant views of identity as having no "core", always
changing and fragmented. Their experiences highlight the importance of
the sense of belonging and being, connectedness, continuity and a
coherent growth in identity formation. Their attachment to a
particular locality and their commitment to perform the moral guide
role as English language teachers serve as the most powerful platform
for all their other identities to be constructed, negotiated and

In this presentation, I will also discuss how my autoethnography has
informed, influenced and challenged the ways I approached the issues
raised above and then argue for the validity of incorporating the
researcher-as-insider perspectives in research practices and the need
to bring more "global South theory" to scholarly discussions in
Western academia.

The Speaker

Phan Le Ha, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education,
Monash University, Australia and holds honorary lecturing positions at
universities in Vietnam. Her teaching and research interests include
English as an international language, culture and identity, writing,
and international education. Phan Le Ha is the author of "Teaching
English as an International Language: Identity, Resistance and
Negotiation" (2008) and also a co-editor of the forthcoming volumes
"Multilevel and Diverse Classrooms" (TESOL Inc, USA) and "Crossing
cultures: Journeys in ESL/EFL writing" (Pearson Longman Malaysia). She
has also published in international refereed journals including
Journal of Multicultural Discourses, Journal of Language, Culture and
Curriculum, ELT Journal (Oxford), Asia Pacific Journal of Education,
Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication and Journal of
English for Academic Purposes. Phan Le Ha is organising the 1st
international conference "Engaging with Vietnam: An interdisciplinary
dialogue" in Melbourne, February 23rd & 24th February 2010 and looks
forward to your participation.

Department of English
School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108
Tel. no.: 426-6001 local 5310/5311
Telefax: 426-6201

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