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Teaching English in Chile

A Study of Teacher Perceptions of their Professional Identity, Student Motivation and Pertinent Learning Contents


Katharina Glas

This book examines the relationship between learner motivation and cultural contents for the teaching of English as a Foreign Language. It takes Chile as an example of the «Expanding Circle of English», where the 21 st century has brought new challenges to English teaching. After providing background information on the presence of English in Latin America and Chile, this qualitative study includes the analysis of curricular frameworks, textbooks and teacher interviews. Conclusions propose an explicit, yet critical inclusion of both motivational strategies and cultural themes into educational and curricular policies, learning materials, and teacher training.


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First and foremost, I offer my deepest gratitude to the nineteen English teachers who gave up precious time to share their experiences and ideas with me and thus provided the corpus for the empirical part of this research study. I would like to thank Laurenz Volkmann for his motivating comments, his useful advice and for believing in my capacities to bring this research investi- gation to an end. I am also most grateful to Natalie Usher and Kacy Richmond for their careful reading of the manuscript and their thoughtful comments, and to other friendly helpers who provided technical support, especially Verónica Cordero, Karina García, Juan Pablo Lira and Ana María Trevia. Thanks also to my colleagues and students at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, who in discussions in and outside the classroom, have provided comments for the development of new ideas. I owe special thanks to Jannett Fonseca for mak- ing me aware of the existence of some very useful bibliographical material and to Araceli de Tezanos and Terry Lamb, whose workshops at PUCV in 2010 and 2011 renewed my energies to continue focusing my work on the overlap be- tween Critical Pedagogies and English Language Teaching. Last, not least, danke an meine Eltern, Maria und Toni Glas und an Veronika Wild für die großzügige moralische und finanzielle Unterstützung. Mi- llones de gracias a mi amado esposo, Claudio Llanos, por su amor, su pacien- cia, sus ideas y conocimientos, y su...

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