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EA Journal Volume 27 No 1 30 ConClusion The journeys of these teachers across the ethnoscapes have been unpredictable and disjunctive. In his discussion of this aspect of global flows, Appadurai (1996, p. 196) points particularly towards the disjuncture between the processes of migration and mass-mediated discourses and practices, which I have taken here to include discourses of English pedagogy and the place of the English language in the context of the global and the local. The flow of these teachers’ lives has been marked by physical, professional, and cultural disruption. The issues discussed here suggest that they may have learned along the way, as Hobsbawm (1992) has suggested, that in culture terms there is no certainty of a single mythologised truth. The English language is generally seen as an engine of globalisation. The significant intercultural experiences of practitioners in the field of TESOL may inform some of the continual calls for new theorising of global phenomena, enriching the education contexts of countries such as Australia, a significant destination for non-English speaking migrants from a variety of cultural backgrounds. referenCes Alexander, P. A. (2008). Charting the course for the teaching profession: The energizing and sustaining role of motivational factors. Learning and Instruction 18, 483–491. Appadurai, A. (1990). Disjuncture and difference in the global cultural economy. In M. Featherstone (Ed.), Global Culture: Nationalism, globalisation and modernity (pp 295-310). London: Sage. Appadurai, A. (1996). Modernity at Large. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Bell, J. S. (2002). Narrative inquiry: More than just telling stories. TESOL Quarterly 36, 207-212. Canagarajah, A.S. (1999). Resisting linguistic imperialism in English teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Day, C., Stobart, G., Sammons, P., & Kington, A. (2006). Variations in the work and lives of teachers: Relative and relational effectiveness. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 12(2), 169–192. Hanvey, R. (1979). Cross-cultural awareness. In L. Luce & E. Smith (Eds.), Towards internationalism: Readings in cross-cultural communication. Rowley, MA: Newbury House, Harper & Row. Hobsbawm, E. (1992). Nations and nationalism since 1780 (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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