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Debating the english language student-teacher condition: practicum, identity and agency

The practicum is a stage in teacher formal education usually surrounded by conflicting situations, especially in regard to the positioning of the student-teacher sometimes as a learner and other times as a teacher, particularly when working with teachers of English as a Foreign Language. This text focuses on this process of positioning student-teachers and the conflicts such positioning brings, discussing some of the ideas put forward by Bhabha, Hall and Derrida and advancing the possibility that the practicum, when openly treated as a hybrid locus, can bring forward student-teachers agencies that can improve their building of professional identities.

Student-Teacher; Practicum; English Language; Agency; Hybridization

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