The Role Of English As An English Teacher Essay

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granted, or at least, to a lesser extent than in Russian. Thus, she prefers to use it for creating sophisticated texts for adults. Her career as an English teacher also contributes to the fact that English is associated with self-control: as a teacher, she has to monitor her speech and make appropriate word choices to ensure that her learners understand her. There is no need to impose such level of control over her use of Russian since this is the language of her nearest and dearest, and she uses it in most emotional and intimate contexts. Thus, it seems to be less appropriate for a kind of writing that requires “a refined form of expression”, but can be used for children’s stories where an exciting plot is probably more important than a sophisticated form. This conclusion might be further supported by the fact that Anastasia struggles to write her dissertation in Russian and needs to translate it from English. The latter is associated with academic context and is more rational while the emotionality of the former makes it challenging to create logical and refined texts in it.

Another observation made during the data analysis is that most stories written by Anastasia in English are to some extent based on her autobiographical memories. In “The Bench”, my subject described an apartment building she grew up in and her neighbors who used to gather and chat on the bench. Although it happened in Russia and all the interaction between the tenants were in…

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