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Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice
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7/11/2016 to 7/15/2016
When: Monday, July 11, 2016
Where: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
United States

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Teaching Language
Through the Lens of Social Justice

July 11–15, 2016

Target Audience
Elementary to postsecondary foreign language teachers, immersion educators, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, and teacher educators.

Teaching for and about social justice positively influences all students, yet social justice education can be challenging to integrate into the language classroom. In the first part of this institute, participants will examine the principles of social justice education and identify ways that these principles can support our standards, objectives, and targeted skills in contemporary foreign language education. This discussion and reflection will help teachers to identify their own interests and strengths in becoming language educators for social justice.

Program Schedule (9am-4pm)

  • Defining Social Justice Concepts
  • Types of Social Justice Education
  • Building Community and Preparing for Teaching Social Justice
  • Points of Entry for Social Justice Teaching
  • Social Justice Issues and Activities
  • Sample Lessons and Units
  • Brainstorming Ideas for Instruction
  • Structuring a Social Justice Unit
  • Incorporating Social Justice in Performance Assessments
  • Creating an Original Unit
  • Adapting Materials to Incorporate Social Justice Objectives
  • Adapting and Designing Instructional Materials and Formative Assessments
  • Sharing Units/Lessons/Materials
  • Reflection and Self-Assessment in Social Justice Education
  • From Learning to Action

In the second part of the institute, the participants will build on this foundation to adapt, develop, and create learning opportunities for their foreign language students. A collaborative, creative set of experiences will help participants go from big ideas to activities and assessments for their classroom, all while teaching for and about social justice.

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