Accents on Teaching? Immigrant Teachers in Australia
The first part of this paper looks at the presence of first and second generation immigrant teachers in Australia. The remainder of the paper analyses recent fieldwork with immigrant teachers to explore their experiences in three Australian states (NSW, SA and WA) through the lens of accents, language and qualifications recognition. We show that accents matter in relation to school contexts and that qualifications recognition is a maze of different policy making bodies that is extremely complex to navigate. The paper reveals that experiences vary over time and place due to the broader structural features: such as the nature of the school and immigration policies and procedures. The findings of this project are significant given that globally-mobile teachers are set to become a major element in the recruitment strategies of many nations in the coming decade.
Keywords: Immigrant Teachers, Accent Ceiling, Qualifications Recognition, Recognition of Prior Learning, Policy
Prof. Carol Reid
Associate Head of School, School Of Education
Prof. Jock Collins
Professor and Co-Director, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney