Critical Themes

social justice

THEMES

Here is the list of critical themes we will be discussing in this course.

SIX THEME AREAS

GENDER EQUALITY

What is gender bias and gender socialization? How can language teachers promote gender equality in language classes?

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LGBTQ+ INCLUSIVE PEDAGOGY

What is queer theory? What’s heteronormativity? What does queering language classrooms mean? 

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RACE & ETHNICITY

What’s privilege? What’s race? What’s white supremacy? Can racism be reduced to simply the bad things some people think and do?

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SOCIAL CLASS

What is social class? What are class markers? Why is class erased from applied linguistics research? What does commodification of language refer to? Is English commodified?

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IMMIGRATION AND PEACEBUILDING

What’s peacebuilding? What does PARSNIP stand for? How can language teaching become a peacebuilding endeavour? 

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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

What’s environmental justice and environmental education? What are UN’s Global Goals? Are we all environmental educators? Is all education environmental education?

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