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Critical consciousness and critical language teaching

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Title: Critical consciousness and critical language teaching
Authors: Okazaki, Takayuki
Advisor: Brown, James D.
Issue Date: 2005
Abstract: What is a language teacher’s job? Is our job to provide instruction using mainstream SLA methods proclaimed to best promote language acquisition? Is our job to provide what students expect in a language classroom in order for instructors to claim that her or his teaching is humanistic and student-centered? Is our job to empower students so that they feel encouraged to achieve their goals in and outside the classroom? Is our job to offer content-based language instruction that helps students pay attention to social issues and social inequalities? How should a teacher perceive language teaching? Although I consider it extremely important to promote effective language teaching to improve students’ language proficiency, in this paper, I will focus on the educational, ethical, and sociopolitical roles of a language teacher.
Pages/Duration: 29 pages
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