A Social Justice Approach to (Heritage) Language Teaching
Heritage language teaching in the 21st century cannot isolate itself from the realities that lie outside the classroom and it has to represent the diversity of our society and to prepare students to navigate the world with empathy, tolerance, respect for other human beings, and the ability to critically analyse situations through the lens of another language and another culture.
In this webinar Inma Gómez Soler will walk us through what it means to teach (heritage) languages through a social justice approach. We will focus our discussion on four specific issues: (1) the deconstruction of the traditional language curriculum, (2) pedagogical approaches that support social justice goals, (3) providing a quality education for all students, and (4) supporting all language teachers with appropriate professional development. Participants will leave this webinar with specific examples of activities to implement social justice language teaching.
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Inmaculada Gómez Soler
Inmaculada Gómez Soler is Assistant Professor at the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, DCU. Inma has a PhD in Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of North Carolina, USA. Gómez Soler’s most recent projects examine the factors that contribute to heritage language maintenance within the school context and the role that teachers play in this process.