Language Teacher Education in a Multilingual Context

Experiences from Hong Kong

  • John Trent
  • Xuesong Gao
  • Mingyue Gu

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John Trent, Xuesong Gao, Mingyue Gu
    Pages 1-14
  3. Being a Teacher in Multilingual Hong Kong: Motivation and Challenges

  4. Being a Teacher in Multilingual Hong Kong: Culture, Commitment, and Recruitment

  5. Being a Teacher in Multilingual Hong Kong: The Role of International Forces

  6. Being a Teacher in Multilingual Hong Kong: Language and Politics

About this book


This book provides a multifaceted, multilayered examination of the processes and challenges language teachers face in constructing their professional identities in multilingual contexts such as Hong Kong. It focuses on how professional and personal identities are enacted as individuals cross geographic, educational, and socio-cultural boundaries to become English language teachers in Hong Kong. It explores the construction of language teachers’ professional identities from multiple perspectives in multiple settings, including pre-service and in-service teachers from Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Western countries. Understanding the difficulties and challenges these language teachers face in their identity and professional development is of relevance to teachers and teacher educators, as well as those interested in becoming language teachers in multilingual contexts.


Contextual mediation English language teachers in multilingual contexts Falling language standards in Hong Kong Language teaching Multilingual contexts Multilingualism Multiple perspectives Native-speaking English teachers Pre-service English language teachers Socio-cultural boundaries Teacher education Teacher identity Teaching education in Hong Kong

Authors and affiliations

  • John Trent
    • 1
  • Xuesong Gao
    • 2
  • Mingyue Gu
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of English Lang.EducationThe Hong Kong Institute of EducationTaipoHong Kong SAR
  2. 2.Dept. of English Lang. EducationThe Hong Kong Institute of EducationTaipoHong Kong SAR
  3. 3.Dept. of Curriculum & InstructionThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatin NTHong Kong SAR

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