Transformative Learning in Social Justice Oriented Classrooms
Instructors building social justice into their language teaching want their language classrooms to be sites of transformative learning, social conscience, and personal development. We want our teaching to make the world better and inspire students to become engaged citizens. Although we might hope for transformative learning, we don’t always know how it happens or how to guide our students through the process of transformation. This talk will explore the steps in transformative learning, its connection to critical pedagogy and social justice, and, most importantly, ways language teachers can promote transformative learning through instructional choices that align with second language acquisition research and practice.