Investigating the Effects of Teaching English as a Profession on the Status of Palestinian-Israeli Women

The English language is regarded as a prestigious language in Israeli society and a gateway to higher education [1]. The high regard in which the Israeli community holds English acquisition might result in parental pressure for English instruction at home, as well as a readiness to pay extra for private classes to increase competence [2]. The relationship between English teaching as a vocation and the social standing of female Palestinian-Israeli English teachers is examined in this article.

I’m interested in how these English teachers perceive their social position in their workplaces and communities, as well as the relationship between their vocation and economic independence and professional development. The study included 12 Palestinian-Israeli women who work as English teachers in three schools in Israel’s Northern Triangle. The semi-structured oral interview was the primary instrument employed in this qualitative study. I discovered that being an English teacher played a substantial impact in enhancing the social status of the researched teachers by studying the women’s conversations. It also aided them in developing a professional identity and had a favourable economic and psychological impact on them. Perseverance, a strong will, and self-confidence are all qualities that can help a woman overcome her lower standing in Palestinian-Israeli culture, according to this study.

Author(S) Details

Dina Jazmawi
Department of Arabic, Faculty of Humanities, Bar- Ilan University, Israel.

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