In light of recent challenges in society, education, and politics, recent publications have highlighted the relevance of critical approaches to teaching and learning English. This critical scholarship, as we will explore in this primarily theoretical seminar, focuses on an understanding of existing power structures that shape languages, teaching and learning of languages, as well as educational settings and classroom discourse. In this course, we will explore different aspects of critical language education, e.g. the role of the English language in a global environment, approaches to addressing difficult and complex issues such as racism, gender roles and sexuality, taboo topics in the classroom, fake news, etc.
This course will draw upon theoretical texts from critical pedagogy, linguistics, and ELT scholarship that participants are required to read. In connecting theory and practice, participants can focus on specific elements and examples for implementing critical language pedagogy in group work and presentations and engage in self-reflexive tasks.