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The transition of an ESP teacher from a GE teacher: a case study

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posted on 28.03.2022, 13:33 authored by Thi Mo Nguyen
Previous studies have shown that many English for Specific Purposes (ESP) teachers are recruited from the ranks of General English (GE) teachers. However, no research has focused on the initial period of the evolution that these teachers experience. As part of an attempt to fill the gap in the literature, this Vietnamese case study explores and describes how a GE teacher has transitioned to become an ESP teacher. The study, thus, aims to provide in-depth insights into the teacher's beliefs and attitudes toward her new teaching field, her teaching practices, and the challenges she encounters. Multiple sources of evidence, including a biographic questionnaire, narrative frames, interviews, observations, and documents, are gathered from the Vietnamese English teacher and the research site for analysis. As the results reveal, the teacher regards ESP teaching as an interesting but challenging area. She performs three key duties, i.e.developing the coursebook, lecturing the course, and evaluating her students. She gives priority to the activities of vocabulary, reading comprehension, and translation in her teaching. In spite of her efforts, she faces several difficulties in her job such as the limited teaching time, limited content knowledge, poor cooperation with subject teachers, and an unsatisfactory syllabus. In presenting this teacher's experiences, this qualitative inquiry helps construct meanings of relevance for all novice ESP teachers who transfer from years of GE teaching - a common yet under-researched phenomenon.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Methodology -- Chapter 4. Results -- Chapter 5. Discussion -- Chapter 6. Conclusion -- References -- Appendices.

Notes

Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 57-60

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes

Degree

MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Linguistics

Department, Centre or School

Department of Linguistics

Year of Award

2017

Principal Supervisor

Stephen Moore

Rights

Copyright Thi Mo Nguyen 2017. Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright

Language

English

Extent

1 online resource (ii, 136 pages) diagrams, tables

Former Identifiers

mq:71521 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1275231