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Nonnative Speaker English Teachers Research, Pedagogy, and Professional Growth

By George Braine Copyright 2010
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    126 Pages
    by Routledge

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    According to current estimates, about eighty percent of English teachers worldwide are nonnative speakers of the language. The nonnative speaker movement began a decade ago to counter the discrimination faced by these teachers and to champion their causes. As the first single-authored volume on the topic since the birth of the movement, this book fills the need for a coherent account that:

    • traces the origins and growth of the movement
    • summarizes the research that has been conducted
    • highlights the challenges faced by nonnative speaker teachers
    • promotes NNS teachers’ professional growth.

    No discussion of world Englishes or the spread of English internationally is now complete without reference to the NNS movement. This book celebrates its first decade and charts a direction for its growth and development.


    1. The Nonnative Speaker Movement

    2. The Native Speaker–Nonnative Speaker Divide

    3. Research on Self-perceptions of NNS English Teachers

    4. Research on Students’ Perceptions of NNS English Teachers

    5. An English Teacher from the Outer Circle

    6. An English Teacher from the Expanding Circle

    7. From Worlds Apart: The Lives of Two English Teachers

    8. Extrinsic and Intrinsic Challenges Faced by NNS English Teachers

    9. Where does the NNS Movement Go from Here?

    10. Professional Development


    George Braine has taught English as a second/foreign language for more than 40 years.

    "Researchers and educators will find this an essential reference book and an effective vehicle for introducing students to the Nonnative English Speaking Teacher research field." – Brock Brady, American University, USA

    "This book will definitely serve as a state-of-the-art resource for researchers in the field. I certainly welcome it." – Masaki Oda, Tamagawa University, Japan

    "This is an exciting project. Many teacher training programs will find this book indispensable." – Peter Yongqi Gu, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand