Mark Almond Email: mark.almond@canterbury.ac.

uk An Investigation into the English Language Teacher’s Identity Dear Friend and Colleague I am sending you this questionnaire because I am carrying out research into ‘teacher identity’ in ESOL, ESL, EFL, EAL, CLIL (English), EAP etc. I am specifically interested in the way teachers view themselves inside and outside the classroom and what any differences might be. Some teachers believe that their personality inside the classroom is just an extension of their personality outside the classroom. What I would like to know is whether you feel you are putting on an act the moment you step over the threshold of the classroom. I hope completing this questionnaire isn’t too onerous and that in fact it might make you reflect on areas of your classroom teaching you may not have previously thought about. I realise that the nature of some of my would like to assure you that if I report domain, I will keep all data pertaining anonymous. I also, of course, respect simply not answer particular questions. questions is personal so I my findings in any public to individuals completely any wish on your part to

As with all questionnaires of this type, the additional information respondents provide is invaluable so please include as many details as possible in the space provided and do feel free to add a continuation sheet if necessary! Thank you very much for taking the time to do this!

Details about you and your teaching

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Please note that I am only investigating practising English language teachers whose students are from 16 years old to adult
Type of institution you teach at e.g private language school, state secondary school, university Country in which you teach Level of students you teach most of the time Your nationality Nationality of most of your students Age of most of your Students Your first language Your ethnic origin: please tick ()
 White British  White Irish  White Scottish  Other White background  Black or Black British, Caribbean  Black or Black British, African  Other Black background  Asian  Asian British, Indian  Asian British, Pakistani  Asian British, Bangladeshi  Middle Eastern, British  Middle Eastern  Chinese  Other Asian background  Mixed white and black Caribbean  Mixed white and black African  Mixed white and Asian  Other mixed background  Other ethnic background (please state) ………………………………

Your gender Your students’ gender please tick () Your sexual orientation: please tick ()
 female  male  mixed     heterosexual bisexual gay transgender

Your age Your religion (write Not Applicable if you don’t have one or would rather not answer) How long have you been an English language teacher?

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The Questionnaire Please note that for all of these questions, I am more interested in your personality, behaviour, interaction and rapport with your students rather than how you teach language (methodology). Please be as honest as possible! Of course your answers remain strictly confidential and anonymous. 1. Can you briefly describe how you think you are perceived by your students in terms of the kind of teacher you are
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Are you happy or satisfied with this perception? Underline your answer YES/NO/NOT SURE
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Are you the kind of teacher you would ideally like to be? Underline your answer YES/NO/NOT SURE
Details: is there anything about the kind of teacher you are that you would like to change? Any other thoughts?

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To what extent do you agree with this statement? “Teachers should keep relationships with their students formal” 1 = completely agree 2 = mostly agree 3 = not sure 4 = completely disagree
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Is your personality different when you are in the classroom compared with what it is like outside the classroom? In other words, do you believe you have a separate ‘teacher self’? Underline your answer YES/NO/NOT SURE
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(If you are a non-native English speaker) Do you consciously modify your personality and behaviour because you’re a nonnative English speaker? Underline your answer YES/NO/NOT APPLICABLE
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Do you ever consciously try not to be a teacher in the classroom? In other words, do you have a fixed view of what a teacher should be like and deliberately behave differently to that view? Underline your answer YES/NO/NOT SURE
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Do you think your students are aware of your sexual orientation? Underline your answer YES/NO/NOT SURE
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If your answer is YES, does your sexual orientation affect the relationship you have with your students and your teaching? Underline your answer YES/NO/NOT SURE
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Is your religion different from the religion of most of your students? Underline your answer YES/NO/NOT SURE/NOT APPLICABLE
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If your answer is YES, does your religion affect the relationship you have with your students and your teaching? Underline your answer YES/NO/NOT SURE/NOT APPLICABLE
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How much of any of your English language teacher training has covered interpersonal skills and ‘teacher behaviour’ including areas such as use of voice, space and movement?
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To what extent do you agree with this statement? “I think it’s important that my students like me as a person” 1 = completely agree 2 = mostly agree 3 = not sure 4 = completely disagree
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To what extent do you agree with this statement? “The teacher is essentially an actor” 1 = completely agree 2 = mostly agree 3 = not sure 4 = completely disagree
Details e.g what similarities do they share?

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To what extent do you agree with this statement? “The classroom is an unnatural and contrived environment that is not conducive to natural communication” 1 = completely agree 2 = mostly agree 3 = not sure 4 = completely disagree
Details e.g do you feel the need to transform the classroom into a more “natural” space in order to encourage more natural interaction between everyone within it?

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To what extent do you agree with this statement? “The way a teacher dresses and looks constitutes part of his/her identity” 1 = completely agree 2 = mostly agree 3 = not sure 4 = completely disagree
Details e.g What does the way you dress at work say about you? Please be specific

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17. To what extent do you agree with this statement? “Technology, such as an increase in use of the internet in the classroom, is beginning to overshadow the importance of the teacher’s rapport with his/her students. In other words, it is getting in the way of the teacher trying to develop a suitable relationship with his/her students” 1 = completely agree 2 = mostly agree 3 = not sure 4 = completely disagree
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Thank you very much!

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