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Redefining the teacher's positioning as gatekeeper in a Portuguese as a Foreign Language class in Macau
Ricardo Moutinho
2014
Source PublicationJournal of Multicultural Discourses
ISSN1744-7143
Volume9Issue:2Pages:119-133
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Positioning is a dynamic socio-interactional phenomenon that can be assumed, challenged and transformed by participants during a social encounter. Even in very typical hierarchical situations, such as those in institutions, there is always room for improvisation and changes that break the ritual, altering the expected manner by which participants are supposed to interact. These changes cause (re)negotiation of the institutionally imposed positionings. In this article, we discuss data collected from a Portuguese as a Foreign Language (PFL) class in a Luso-Chinese primary school in Macau. Using an ethnographic microanalysis, moment-by-moment data is interpreted, identifying aspects that redefine the statuses of participants during classroom encounters. The results indicate that even being the central figure of the interaction, the teacher cannot maintain her gatekeeper positioning throughout the lesson. Many verbal and non-verbal elements present during the interaction exercise influence over the (re)organisation of the participants' positionings, enabling the students to negotiate the power usually delegated only to the teacher. This kind of behaviour can be considered ‘exuberant’ once it is not limited to the rules imposed by a traditional teaching system. It also casts doubt on the social and psychological determinism that is present in studies carried out in Chinese teaching/learning settings.

KeywordPositioning Chinese Students Pfl Classroom Discourse Teacher's Talk Macau
DOI10.1080/17447143.2013.868900
Language英语
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Arts and Humanities
DEPARTMENT OF PORTUGUESE
Corresponding AuthorRicardo Moutinho
AffiliationDepartment of Porutugese, University of Macau
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Ricardo Moutinho. Redefining the teacher's positioning as gatekeeper in a Portuguese as a Foreign Language class in Macau[J]. Journal of Multicultural Discourses,2014,9(2):119-133.
APA Ricardo Moutinho.(2014).Redefining the teacher's positioning as gatekeeper in a Portuguese as a Foreign Language class in Macau.Journal of Multicultural Discourses,9(2),119-133.
MLA Ricardo Moutinho."Redefining the teacher's positioning as gatekeeper in a Portuguese as a Foreign Language class in Macau".Journal of Multicultural Discourses 9.2(2014):119-133.
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