This list is not exhaustive by any means, and I am in the process of updating it based on the wealth of resources available on the web and in journals and books. Please feel free to recommend something to add to my list, and know that the list will keep growing!
My Own Open Access Work, Mostly Collaborative:
Johnson, S.M., & Garrett-Rucks, P. (2018). Special Issue of Dimension on Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice in Language Education. SCOLT.
Conlon Perugini, D., Johnson, S. M., Randolph, L. J., Jr. (2019). Authentic resources for proficiency, interculturality, and social justice. Presented at the 2019 ACTFL convention in Washington DC.
I did a talk on transformative learning at Duke University in February 2020 that was recorded. Have a look.
We Teach Languages has a blog post with recommendations for episodes that focus on justice in language teaching. Specific podcast episodes on social justice and related topics:
- Episode 12: Teaching Racial Diversity and Growing as a Teacher with Laurel Abreu
- Episode 42: Choosing Critical Cultural Content over Grammar with Daniel Woolsey
- Episode 43: Common Misconceptions in English Language Teaching with Ryuko Kubota
- Episode 44: A Preview of the 2018 Dimension Special Issue with Terry A. Osborn
- Episode 45: Thematic Units and Social Justice with Anneke Oppewal and Jennifer Wooten
- Episode 46: Labor Issues and Language Teaching with Mura Nava
- Episodes 59 and 60: Community-Based Global Learning, Parts I and II with Richard Kiely and Eric Hartman
- Episode 72: One Approach to a Content-Based, Upper-Level Course with Elena Morgan and Rachel Frenkil
- Episode 73: Intercultural Communicative Competence with Michael Byram
- Episode 82: Social Justice and Representation with LJ Randolph
- Episode 105: A conversation about ESL and ASL with 2018 National Teacher of Year Mandy Manning and National Teacher of the Year finalist Amy Andersen, Part II
- Episode 110: A Fulbright Award and Afro-Mexican Stories with Michelle Nicola
- Episode 116: Linguistic Variation and Serving Diverse Heritage Learners with Damian Vergara Wilson
- Episode 126: Claire Knowles asks Stacey some Questions from her Methods Class
- Episode 127: Diverse Images of Spanish-Speakers and Reaching “Reluctant” Learners with Rhoda Nunez-Donnelly
- Episode 132: Language Ideologies and Translanguaging with Emma Trentman
- Episode 136: Speaking Blackness in Brazil, Identity, and Investment with Uju Anya
- Episode 139: Teaching Linguistic Variation such as Voseo in Spanish with Matthew Griffin
- Episode 140: Heritage Language Maintenance with Angelica Amezcua
- Episode 141: Accent, Race, Work, and Teaching Pronunciation with Vijay Ramjattan
- Episode 142: Language Legitimacy and Imagining New Educational Contexts with Jonathan Rosa
Citations are political and moral acts:
So, cite more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) scholars.
Emma Trentman wrote this very helpful post introducing us to important Black scholars on topics of study abroad and language teaching.
Megan Figueroa has compiled this Google sheet of scholars who specialize in all sorts of language subfields.
A selection of articles and scholarly resources on critical pedagogy/social justice in language teaching:
Anya, U. (2016). Racialized identities in second language learning: Speaking blackness in Brazil. Routledge.
Glynn, C., Wesely, P., & Wassell, B. (2014). Words and actions: Teaching languages
through the lens of social justice. Alexandria, VA: ACTFL. (ACTFL is offering the ebook for FREE!!)
Johnson, S.M. (2015). Adult learning in the language classroom. Bristol, United Kingdom: Multilingual Matters.
Norton, B. & Toohey, K. (2004). Critical pedagogies and language learning. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.
Osborn, T. (2006). Teaching world languages for social justice: A sourcebook of principles
and practices. Mahway, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Johnson, S.M., & Garrett-Rucks, P. (2018). Special Issue of Dimension on Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice in Language Education. https://www.scolt.org/index.php/publications/dimension/26-publications/39-scolt-publications
ACTFL’s Foreign Language Annals free, open special issue on social justice issues
Articles, Chapters, Papers, Etc
Crane, C., & Sosulski, M. (2020). Staging transformative learning across collegiate language curricula: Student perceptions of structured reflection for language learning. Foreign Language Annals, 1(53), 69-95.
Johnson, S. M., & Randolph, L. J., Jr. (2015). Critical pedagogy for intercultural communicative competence: Getting started. The Language Educator, 10(3), 36–39.
Kubota, R., Austin, T., & Saito-Abbott, Y. (2003). Diversity and inclusion of sociopolitical
issues in foreign language classrooms: An exploratory survey. Foreign
Language Annals, 36(1), 12-24.
Menacker, T. (2001). Community language resources: A handbook for teachers (NFLRC
Net Work #22). Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i, Second Language Teaching
& Curriculum Center. Retrieved from http://www.nflrc.hawaii.edu/networks/
(2019). Agents of change: Reimagining curriculum and instruction in world language classrooms through social justice education. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 16(3), 263-84.
Podcasts and webinars:
All the We Teach Languages episodes listed at the top of this page.
The ACTFL Critical and Social Justice Approaches SIG has a long list of past webinars by wonderful language educators that are 100% FREE for members to view. You have to be 1) an ACTFL member, and 2) a SIG member, but both of those are worth it! I love this SIG! Some of these SIG webinars are available publicly now:
- Navigating Difficult Dialogues with Krishauna Hines-Gaither
- Enacting Social Justice in Early Language Classrooms through Critical Cultural Awareness with Andrea Amado, Dorie Conlon Perugini and Sarah Lindstrom
- The Journey of Social Justice with Terry Osborn
I ran across this podcast episode on YouTube and thought I would share. #14: Does Social Justice Belong in the Chinese Classroom? by Patricia Liu
New School also has a series of webinars on YouTube about language and social justice, one of which might be especially useful for language educators. Language & Social Justice TALKS: Cece Cutler | The New School
Here are the slides from a webinar by Dr. Cassandra Glynn at Concordia College in Minnesota
Other resources on the web for language teachers:
ACTFL press release – June 2, 2020: ACTFL Statement on the Killing of George Floyd and Systemic Racism in the US
ACTFL board approved position statement – May 17, 2019: Diversity and Inclusion in World Language Teaching and Learning
ACTFL board approved position statement – November 22, 2016: Statement on the role of language learning in valuing diversity and promoting unity.
Spanish for Social Justice – a website with resources for teaching Spanish with an emphasis on social justice
The Center for Participatory Change’s Language Justice Curriculum
And many teachers contributed to this thread
Here is a wakelet board for world language educators put together by Anna Ogunnaike
This Google doc is about antiracist resources for Spanish teachers specifically
This website has a collection of sample English lessons on social justice issues.
This Pinterest board on Diversity and Identity resources was put together by Leslie Grahn, the authentic resources queen and also a guest on an episode of We Teach Languages
Resources on the web not specifically related to language teaching:
The Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Chimamanda Adichie. The danger of a single story [Video]. https://
Project Implicit – The Harvard tool to uncover your own biases
Teaching Tolerance website – an absolute treasure