Tuesday, March 1, 2022
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Recent global social unrest has called for more attention from language teachers to address and integrate social justice in classrooms. It is important to explore what social justice looks like in world language classrooms (Wassell, Wesely & Glynn, 2019; Wesely & Thenoux, 2021), and investigate teachers’ positioning in justice-orientation work (Maddamsetti, 2021; Marlatt & Barnes, 2021). To this end and building on recent work on teacher agency (Pantić, 2015; Peña-Pincheira & De Costa, 2021), this project investigated Chinese language teachers’ understanding of social justice, and instructional approach to integrating social justice in the classroom. The presenter will highlight research findings on teacher participants’ perspectives and practices, share discussion themes, and offer implications for language teaching and teacher education.
Kaishan Kong is an Associate Professor of Chinese at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her research interests include language and culture education, intercultural communication and teacher education.