The Dialogical Nature of Professional Identity: A Longitudinal Study of One EFL Teacher

  • Dorota WerbińskaEmail author
  • Małgorzata Ekiert
Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)


Invoking two of Bakhtin’s concepts, voice and authoritative/persuasive discourse, from his dialogical approach, the study in the present chapter attempts to show the construction of professional identity of one EFL teacher, highly regarded in her professional milieu and a former Ph.D. student of Krystyna Droździał-Szelest. The analysis of three in-depth interviews conducted within a period of sixteen years shows that the authoritative voice is present in the teacher throughout those years, that the authoritative voice (the imposed teacher’s beliefs) can be modified, but not replaced, into persuasively internal (developed by the teacher) sub-voices, and that persuasively internal voices can be maintained. Some other conclusions of the study are also highlighted.


Professional identity Longitudinal study Bakhtin Authoritative/persuasive voices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pomeranian UniversitySłupskPoland

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