How do teachers who have chosen to settle down in one country manage the difficulties of living and teaching English in that country? How do they develop and sustain their careers, and what factors shape their identity? This book answers these questions by investigating the personal and professional identity development of ten Western women who teach English in various educational contexts in Japan, all of whom have Japanese spouses. The book covers issues of interracial relationships, expatriation, equality and employment practices as well as the broader topics of gender and identity. The book also provides a useful overview of English language teaching and learning in Japan.
Diane Hawley Nagatomo is Associate Professor at Ochanomizu University, Japan. Her research interests include teacher beliefs, teacher identity, materials development and gender. Her previous publications include Exploring Japanese University English Teachers' Professional Identity (Multilingual Matters, 2012).
Glossary of Terms Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Japanese Context Chapter 3 1980s Until Today Chapter 4 Gender Issues Surrounding English in Japan Chapter 5 Methods Chapter 6 Destination Japan Chapter 7 Running an Eikaiwa Business Chapter 8 The Jugglers Chapter 9 The Full Timers Chapter 10 Concluding Comments References