English language teachers as a dissenter on a social networking site

Radzuwan, Ab Rashid and Normah, Yusof and Zanirah, Wahab (2016) English language teachers as a dissenter on a social networking site. International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature, 5 (4). pp. 72-78. ISSN 22003592

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This paper explores how teachers discursively construct socially desirable identities to sustain their engagement in the Facebook Timeline community. Data were gathered from the Status updates and Comments on 29 Timelines belonged to Malaysian English language teachers who were purposively chosen as they often posted and commented on teaching related issues on their Timelines. The analysis shows that the commonest form of identity construction on the teachers’ Timelines was as a dissenter which had been carefully constructed to present positive self-images and cast blames on other people. The teachers questioned the expectations of the people around them, as they perceive that the expectations are unrealistic. This paper concludes that the teachers were being strategic in their postings where they provide justification for their views and ascribe particular identities to other people in the process of constructing their own identity as a dissenter.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: English language teachers, Malaysia, discursive identity, Facebook, dissenter, self-image, self-presentation, discourse analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: Syahmi Manaf
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2022 04:48
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2022 04:48
URI: http://eprints.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/7365

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