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Korea Journal of English Language and Linguistics - Vol. 18, No. 4, pp.556-579
Abbreviation: KASELL
ISSN: 1598-1398 (Print)
Print publication date 31 Dec 2018
Received 25 Nov 2018 Revised 12 Dec 2018 Accepted 16 Dec 2018

초등영어 예비교사 정체성 및 이에 영향을 미치는 요인 : 현직교사의 관점에서
교수, 영어교육과, 서울교육대학교, 서울특별시, 서초구 서초중앙로 96, Tel: 02-3475-2565 (

Pre-service elementary English teacher identities and factors that affect them : Perspectives from in-service teachers
Ahn, Kyungja
Professor, Dept. of English Education, Seoul National University of Education, Seoul 06639, Seocho Jungang-ro 96, Seocho-gu, Korea, Tel: 02-3475-2565 (
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Ahn, Kyungja. 2018. Pre-service elementary English teacher identities and factors that affect them: Perspectives from in-service teachers. Korean Journal of English Language and Linguistics 18-4, 556-579. This paper aims to investigate the identities of pre-service elementary English teachers and factors that affected their identities, especially from the perspectives of in-service teachers. The participants were 18 in-service elementary teachers who were graduate students enrolled in the second language teacher education course taught by the researcher. Pre- and post-survey responses, autobiographic essays, and reflective journals were collected and qualitatively analyzed using content analysis. The findings are as follows: most of the teachers had positive pre-service elementary English teacher identities, whereas some had negative or weak English teacher identities, homeroom teacher identities, and English learner identities. Various institutional factors affected their identities the most, followed by individual and macro-structural factors. Institutional factors were pre-service English teacher education programs, English teaching practicum, native English-speaking teachers, and peer pre-service teachers. Individual factors included the participants’ English skills, English teaching skills, and experiences studying and travelling abroad. Lastly, macro-structural factors covered the Teacher Employment Test and the English subject teaching system. The findings revealed the importance of institutional mediation and human mediation by teacher educators, mentor teachers, and peers in pre-service teacher identity development. Further important implications regarding pre- and in-service English teacher education, development of English teacher identities, and English teachers’ professional development are discussed.

Keywords: pre-service elementary English teacher identity, pre-service English teacher identity, English teacher identity, English teacher education, second language teacher education


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