Female EFL teachers: shifting and multiple gender and language-learner identities

  • María Ximena Rojas Universidad de San Buenaventura
Keywords: Gender, Social Identity, Power, Femininities, Positioning, Discourse, Language Learning. Teacher-education (en_US)

Abstract (en_US)

Gender studies have taken an important role within the academic community, and specifically in the field of second and foreign languagelearning. In this paper I use a Feminist Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis (FPDA) study to explore how emergent femininities construct genderidentities and power relations inside the EFL classroom setting through interaction. I argue that identities are multiple and shifting accordingto the way individuals position and reposition themselves through discourse(s). In doing so, gender identities can be identified and related tolearners’ identities in EFL contexts. I chose a Feminist Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis (FPDA) methodology (Baxter, 2003) in order toidentify telling cases (Mitchell, 1984) during interactions in which, female adult students from a private university in Bogotá, Colombia makeexplicit the exercising of power during classroom activities, such as debates (Castañeda- Peña, 2009) and disputes (Toohey, 2001) in foreignlanguage learning. I chose video recordings, transcripts and interviews as instruments to cope with the objectives of the study as well as toaccomplish the methodological suggestions. Findings suggest the importance of being aware of the multiplicity of gender identities that mayintervene when learning a language and how to deal with more egalitarian discourses and activities during classes that guarantee, to someextent, the empowerment of silent voices.

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How to Cite
Rojas, M. (2012). Female EFL teachers: shifting and multiple gender and language-learner identities. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 14(1), 92 - 107. https://doi.org/10.14483/22487085.3823
Vol. 14  Nº 1 (January - June 2012)
Published: 2012-06-14
Section
Research Articles