It is not a bad idea for me to be a language teacher!
- It is not a bad idea for me to be a language teacher!
- Language teacher education in a multilingual context: Experiences from Hong Kong
- Springer Verlag
- Hong Kong
- Mainland China
- 1997.7 onwards
- Post-Secondary Education
- In this chapter, we report on an inquiry exploring experiences of ten elite mainland Chinese student teachers of English as to understand why they came to Hong Kong for the teacher education programme. The study revealed that these students were largely attracted to teaching in Hong Kong because of its extrinsic benefits such as professional stability, the prestige associated with the English language teaching profession, and the opportunities to acquire valued skills transferable to other professions including English competence. Facing challenges as non-local students, they were also uncertain of becoming teachers in the new context. This raises questions as to how these talented non-local teachers can be retained in Hong Kong’s schools.[Copyright © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht]
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