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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

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  • Format: On Campus
  • Section: A
  • Course Number: CRN 6607 - NMAT 0100 A
Philipp Schmitt
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Jan 24 - May 09
6:00 - 7:50 PM
Spring 2019
CRN 6607
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What you will learn
  • How injustice can be perpetuated through the use of language
  • Tools for classroom awareness of social justice and language.
  • Classes designed for working professionals
  • Experience a diverse, global learning community
  • Renowned faculty from the international TESOL field
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