Social Justice in Language Education

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
The course aims at re-evaluating the role of language education from the perspectives of social justice and critical pedagogy. Language teaching can stretch beyond only developing learners’ linguistic competence and play a key role in challenging social inequalities inside and outside of the classroom. In this course, teachers will:
-Learn about the role of language education and how language education can work as an agent for social justice
-Discuss contextually important social justice topics, potential local constraints to developing social justice teaching and solutions to overcome obstacles
-Examine the status of languages and language education in perpetuating social injustices
-Develop their ability to critically evaluate existing teaching and testing materials in a critical pedagogy perspective
-Discuss migration and gender inequality within language education.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand key concepts related to social justice, critical pedagogy and sociolinguistics and their relationship to language education
  • Critically evaluate teaching and testing materials from a critical pedagogy and social justice perspective
  • Use linguistic landscaping and other sociolinguistics-oriented classroom activities to develop students’ critical thinking about languages
  • Understand key issues of migration and gender inequalities and incorporate them in their lessons
  • Design a lesson plan based on principles of social justice and critical pedagogy

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : B1 or above
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    Secondary school language teachers with an interest in incorporating a social justice and critical pedagogy perspective in their teaching practices.

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 20
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Available dates

Padova (Italy)

  • 13.02.2022 - 20.02.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 26.06.2022 - 03.07.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 28.08.2022 - 04.09.2022 - To be confirmed

Sessions will be confirmed only when the minimum number of participants is reached.

In case your school wishes to send more than 6 participants together to the same course, we may evaluate the possibility to offer an extra session only for you (and in this case, we would be pleased to evaluate your proposal for fixed dates).

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