International TESOL Teachers in a Multi-Englishes Community

International TESOL Teachers in a Multi-Englishes Community

Mobility, On-the-Ground Realities and the Limits of Negotiability

Phan Le Ha, Osman Z. Barnawi


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This book embarks on an ever-expanding array of language, academic mobility, neoliberalism, and accompanying rich scholarly debates. It examines the ways in which international English language teachers in Saudi Arabia’s higher education system position themselves, negotiate, interact, adjust, make sense of their classroom dynamics, and validate their senses of selves and pedagogies in their day-to-day (dis)engagement with their institutions and encounters at work. Informed by rich empirical data from a multi-year, multi-site project in addition to other qualitative studies, the book reveals on-the-ground complexities involving speaker status, language, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, sociocultural factors, emotion labour, work dynamic and professionalism. It promotes thinking beyond normative ideologies on marginalisation, the native and non-native speaker dichotomy, linguistic, racial, religious and ethnic (inter)relations, and translanguaging pedagogies, while also offering new material for original theorisation in multi-Englishes multilingualism, local-trusting-local and the limits of negotiability.     


Phan Le Ha:

Phan Le Ha is Senior Professor in the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam, and in the Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. She is the author of books including Transnational Education Crossing ‘Asia’ and 'the West': Adjusted Desire, Transformative Mediocrity, and Neo-colonial Disguise (2017, Routledge).


Osman Z. Barnawi is Associate Professor at Royal Commission Colleges and Institutes (Education Sector), Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. He is the author of TESOL Teacher Education in a Transnational World: Turning Challenges into Innovative Prospects (Routledge, 2020) and TESOL and the Cult of Speed in the Age of Neoliberal Mobility (Routledge, 2020).