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BRAULIO’S STORY: ETHNOGRAPHY, ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING, AND LITERARY ANALYSIS

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Author(s): Clemente, Angeles | Sughrua, William | Lai Méndez Ortíz, Ervin

Journal: Papeles de Trabajo sobre Cultura, Educación y Desarrollo Humano
ISSN 1699-437X

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Postcolonial studies | Ethnographic narrative | English language teaching

ABSTRACT
This article analyzes an ethnographic encounter involving the personal narrative of Braulio, a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) of the public state university of Oaxaca, Mexico. In his personal narrative, Braulio becomes empowered as an English teacher while also being cast into such diverse roles as a businessman of a chocolate factory, an English translator for the APPO social movement, and an interrogator for the state police. The analysis of the narrative is realized through the lens of a postcolonial literary perspective based on the literary tools of plot, point of view, and characterization. The resultant crossover treatment of literary analysis, ethnography, and TESOL not only locates Braulio’s narrative within a postcolonial context but also allows the researchers to be co-performers in the narrative act. This leads both Braulio and the researchers to a critical reflection on the everyday practice of English teachers in postcolonial contexts such as Oaxaca.

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