The person and the teacher: a case study into language teacher identity formation

Ba Linh Tran, Hugo Sanchez

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Research in mainstream and language teacher education has underlined the importance of understanding teacher identity. As part of a larger investigation, this study examined the identity formation of two Vietnamese English teachers via a case study design using background and auto-biographical semi-structured interviews. The findings reinforce the conclusions drawn in some previous studies about teacher identity formation being a complex process involving professional and personal factors. Additionally, however, the results shed light on the role of formal and informal pre-training learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom, in the formation of language teacher identity. The study thus expands on our understanding of teacher identity and calls for a more holistic perspective that acknowledges this multiplicity of prior learning experiences as well as the professional and personal dimensions of this construct.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)5-22
Number of pages18
JournalArgentinian Journal of Applied Linguistics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • teacher identity
  • English as a foreign language education
  • Vietnam
  • in-service teachers
  • holistic perspective


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