This presentation describes the process of developing research-based curricular unit and lesson plan templates that support language instructors in the teaching of social justice themes. The templates merge frameworks grounded in multiliteracies (Kalantzis et al., 2016), social justice (Hackman, 2005; Learning for Justice, 2018), and career readiness (Regents of the University of Minnesota, 2018), to promote development of students’ language proficiency, intercultural understanding, and career competencies. Presenters will explain the collaborative and iterative process that informed this work, including affordances and constraints encountered during the template-creation process. Next, they will introduce the templates and illustrate how they are being used to create intermediate-level curricular units in nine languages. Finally, presenters will address implications of this social justice project, including its national dissemination plan and its contribution to the professional development of teachers across languages and institutional contexts.
Lauren Goodspeed is a Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and Director of the French Language Program.
Mandy Menke is an Assistant Professor and Director of Language Programs in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies.
Kate Paesani is Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.
Helena Ruf is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Language Instruction in the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch.