(Co)constructing critical pedagogies: Expanding on our department’s approach to language teaching

dc.contributor.author Piotti, Anna
dc.contributor.author Matangos, Hannah A.
dc.contributor.author Wilt, Alexis C.
dc.contributor.author Goetze, Julia
dc.contributor.author Keppenne, Valérie
dc.contributor.author Kerschen, Katherine
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-24T21:07:53Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-24T21:07:53Z
dc.date.issued 2022-11-01
dc.description.abstract In this report, we—the members of a curriculum working group (CWG) in Penn State’s German department—describe our efforts to decenter our German language sequence by integrating critical pedagogies into our department’s existing communicative language teaching (CLT) approach. We trace our process towards this goal, beginning with an exploration into and analysis of two critical pedagogies, namely Antiracist Pedagogy (ARP) and Social Justice Pedagogy (SJP). We ultimately adopt SJP because we find it to be a better fit for our purposes in German language instruction. We offer a framework to evaluate and didacticize existing as well as newly created course materials, guided by social justice (SJ) learning objectives. To illustrate our work, we describe the creation and implementation of an instructional unit in an intermediate German language course. Reflections from this course’s instructor and student reactions concerning this unit’s instruction—as well as SJP in the language classroom in general—make evident the importance of critical perspectives regarding curricular development in fostering equitable classrooms.
dc.identifier.citation Piotti, A., Matangos, H. A., Wilt, A. C., Goetze, J., Keppenne, V., & Kerschen, K. (2022). (Co)constructing critical pedagogies: Expanding our department’s approach to language teaching. Second Language Research & Practice, 3(1), 151–163. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/69874
dc.identifier.issn 2694-6610
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10125/69874
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher (co-sponsored by American Association of University of Supervisors and Coordinators; Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition; Center for Educational Reources in Culture, Language, and Literacy; Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning; Open Language Resource Center; Second Language Teaching and Resource Center)
dc.subject antiracist pedagogy
dc.subject social justice pedagogy
dc.subject curricular change
dc.subject German language
dc.title (Co)constructing critical pedagogies: Expanding on our department’s approach to language teaching
dc.type Report
dc.type.dcmi Text
local.llt.topic Special Section on Decentering Language Curricula
prism.endingpage 163
prism.number 1
prism.publicationname Second Language Research & Practice
prism.startingpage 151
prism.volume 3
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