By Peter Sayer

The principal subject of this booklet is the ambiguities and tensions academics face as they try to place themselves in ways in which legitimize them as language academics, and as English audio system. targeting 3 EFL academics and their colleges within the southern Mexican kingdom of Oaxaca,  it records how traditional practices of language educators are formed by way of their social context, and examines the jobs, identities, and ideologies that academics create which will navigate and negotiate their particular context. it's specified in bringing jointly numerous present theoretical and methodological advancements in TESOL and utilized linguistics: the functionality of language ideologies and identities, serious TESOL pedagogy and learn, and ethnographic tools in learn on language studying and teaching.   Balancing and mixing descriptive reporting of the lecturers and their contexts with a theoretical dialogue which connects their neighborhood matters and practices to broader concerns in TESOL in foreign contexts, it permits readers to understand the sophisticated complexities that supply upward thrust to the “tensions and ambiguities” in EFL academics’ expert lives.  

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So when they saw us they indicated like they wanted something. We were all curious but my friends were a little scared. Well, me too but I went up to see what they wanted, and I could understand they wanted to take our picture. So they took our picture, and I even told them the address, you know, because they said they were going to send us the pictures when they got home… ehm, I don’t remember where they were from. And sure enough, some two or three months later some photos arrived! So that was when I realized, you know, it’s not that hard to communicate with foreigners!

When Carlos’ parents were young, the Pan-American highway was built through the town, and along with it came a flood of consumer goods. Plastic buckets replaced clay cántaros, effectively wiping out the local pottery market in a few short years. As a child, Carlos remembers San Bartolo as a sleepy farming village. His father is a campesino peasant farmer, growing corn and raising animals on family land. However, the town has changed drastically in the last 20 years. Water shortages, environmental degradation, the encroachment of the city into outlying farmlands, and competition from commercial-scale farmers have continuously eroded the ability of Oaxacan families to maintain themselves on subsistence farming (Grimes, 1998; Murphy & Stepick, 1991).

Most working-age men are away in the United States, and the evenings are especially quiet. Rocío’s students often stop by to trade music files on her laptop. She has learned some phrases in Chinanteco, the local language, and has grown accustomed to the rustic, camping-out style of living. Her daily 30-minute hike down the mountainside to the school at the bottom of the village takes her through narrow winding dirt paths between adobe-block homes; pigs root in the muck, calla lilies grow wild along the canals, and packs of aggressive turkeys prowl the paths.

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