Exploring identities of novice mainland Chinese teachers in Hong Kong: Insights from teaching creative writing at primary schools across borders

Mark Feng TENG, Wai Chi Jesse YIP

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Abstract

This study, drawing upon data triangulated from interviews, classroom research reports, and school documents, sheds light on how cross-border teachers from mainland China to Hong Kong construct and negotiate their identities when teaching English creative writing. Using identity control theory (ICT) this study examines discursive and complex identity development and reveals contextual and interpersonal factors that hinder identity construction among teachers of English creative writing. Factors include isolation from local colleagues, failure to integrate into the host community due to cultural and linguistic differences, standardized school instruction, heavy workloads, students' distrust, and students' low English proficiency. Cross-border teachers were found to experience negative emotions including stress, anger, and unease due to failed teacher identity verification in a new land. This study contributes to theoretical knowledge of ICT, suggesting inaction and secondary emotions as outcomes of the incongruence between the meanings of identity standard and input. Relevant theoretical and pedagogical implications are also discussed. Copyright © 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-98
JournalApplied Linguistics Review
Volume13
Issue number1
Early online dateJun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Citation

Teng, M. F., & Yip, J. W. C. (2022). Exploring identities of novice mainland Chinese teachers in Hong Kong: Insights from teaching creative writing at primary schools across borders. Applied Linguistics Review, 13(1), 71-98. doi: 10.1515/applirev-2018-0128

Keywords

  • Creative writing
  • Cross-border teachers
  • English
  • Identity control theory
  • Teacher identity

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