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Narrating A Novice Language Teacher Identity: What’S At Stake When Telling Stories Of Struggle, Kristina B. Lewis Apr 2018

Narrating A Novice Language Teacher Identity: What’S At Stake When Telling Stories Of Struggle, Kristina B. Lewis

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

Within language teacher education (LTE), telling stories about their teaching allows novice teachers to make sense of their experiences, explore problems and pedagogical strategies, and develop coherent identities as skilled language teachers. The stakes are high, though, when we ask—or require—novice teachers to talk about moments of challenge, or even failure, in front of their peers and evaluators. In this paper, I examine two stories told by one novice teacher—about the same teaching event, but framing this first as a success and then as a challenge—within an LTE course discussion to demonstrate how she works to ...