EFL Teacher Professionalism and Identity: Between Local/Global ELT Tensions

Keywords: EFL professionalism, professional identity, critical applied linguistics, English as an international language


This article of reflection considers socio-political issues such as linguistic imperialism, native speakerism, English as an International language, and appropriate teaching methodologies, which are currently contentious issues in the ELT community. Framed within a critical approach of applied linguistics, these issues are addressed in three sections (global/local tensions, teacher professional identity, and a new EFL professional identity) in order to argue that a dynamic, shifting, and multifaceted perspective of a globally-minded EFL teacher professional identity is needed so that Colombian EFL professionals can define or redefine their own identities in taking an informed and critical political stance.

Author Biography

Julio Cesar Torres-Rocha, Universidad Libre University of Exeter

He is a teacher educator at Universidad Libre (Colombia) and currently a Doctoral Candidate in Education (TESOL) at University of Exeter (UK). He holds an MA in Research Methods in Applied Linguistics and ELT from Warwick University (UK) and an MA in Applied Linguistics to TELF from Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas (Colombia).


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How to Cite
Torres-Rocha, J. C. (2019). EFL Teacher Professionalism and Identity: Between Local/Global ELT Tensions. HOW Journal, 26(1), 153-176. https://doi.org/10.19183/how.26.1.501
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