Identity, Justice, and Action: Starting Points for Inclusive, Engaging Language Pedagogy
The last year has brought many systemic inequities to light in our society — both in the US and globally. In response, many language educators have chosen to reframe their responsibilities to center equity, racism, and other forms of discrimination in postsecondary classrooms. In this talk, I argue that language educators are uniquely poised to foster inclusive spaces and learning experiences that encourage students to think critically not just about language, but about issues related to identity, justice, and action beyond the classroom walls. However, we must also consider systemic issues in language study: who has access and how we can make changes in the field to include and support a broader range of learners. To this end, we will discuss issues of access and equity in postsecondary language education and how we can take action.