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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The ideal 'Native Speaker' teacher: Negotiating authenticity and legitimacy in the language classroom
Author(s): Creese, Angela
Blackledge, Adrian
Takhi, Jaspreet Kaur
Keywords: Native speaker
complementary schools
Issue Date: Dec-2014
Date Deposited: 12-Sep-2018
Citation: Creese A, Blackledge A & Takhi JK (2014) The ideal 'Native Speaker' teacher: Negotiating authenticity and legitimacy in the language classroom. Modern Language Journal, 98 (4), pp. 937-951.
Abstract: This article presents a linguistic ethnographic study of a Panjabi complementary school in Birmingham, UK. Researchers observed classes for one academic year, writing field notes, conducting interviews, and making digital audio recordings of linguistic interactions. Sets of beliefs about the production and deployment of certain linguistic signs were powerfully in play in the language learning classroom, as teachers and students negotiated what counts as the authenticity and legitimacy of the ‘native speaker’ teacher. Analysis of examples from empirical linguistic material focuses on the ways in which local practices constitute, and are related to, orders of indexicality and language ideologies. Analytical discussion offers an understanding of complex, situated, and nuanced negotiations of power in claiming and assigning authenticity and legitimacy in language learning contexts. The article considers the construction of the ‘native speaker’ heritage language teacher, and asks what counts as authentic and legitimate in teaching the community language, Panjabi, to a group of English‐born young people who share Panjabi as a cultural and linguistic heritage.
DOI Link: 10.1111/modl.12148
Rights: © 2014 The Authors. The Modern Language Journal published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations, Inc. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made (
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