English Language Teachers as a Dissenter on a Social Networking Site

Ab Rashid, Radzuwan and Wahab, Zanirah and Yunus, Kamariah and Ismail, Nur Salina and Yusof, Normah and Syed Omar, Sharifah Nor Madiah and Latiff Azmi, Mohd Nazri (2016) English Language Teachers as a Dissenter on a Social Networking Site. International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature, 5 (4). pp. 72-78. ISSN 2200-3592 (Printed) 2200-3452 (Online)

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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
Keywords: English language teachers, Malaysia, discursive identity, Facebook, dissenter, self-image, self-presentation, discourse analysis
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2016 07:15
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2016 07:15
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4879

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