The Role of Language in Building Social Justice in the Classroom and Beyond
This course will explore the role of language in our society and how it affects our perceptions of the world. In particular, the course will explore how injustice can be perpetuated through the use of language and how language can similarly be a tool for creating a more just world. The course will critically examine popular views of language held by different speech communities and their impact on social reality. It will also explore how these views often reinforce existing cultural practices, social perspectives, and even power structures. During the course, participants will explore their own perceptions of language and how those influence their own stances with regard to social justice. Particular attention will be paid to the role of English in the world, second language acquisition, and the implications for teachers in the language classroom. Those interested in enrolling must contact Lesley Painter-Farrell, the program director, at email@example.com.