Critical ELT in Action
Foundations, Promises, Praxis
Routledge – 2013 – 272 pages
Uniquely bridging theory and practice, this text introduces and overviews the various domains associated with the term critical pedagogy in the field of TESOL/ELT. Critical pedagogy addresses concepts, values, curriculum, instructional and associated practices involved in language teaching for social justice. Bringing critical pedagogy to classroom practitioners in a practical and comprehensible way, the text is designed to help teachers get started on critically grounded work in their own teaching.
• Textbook extracts offer direct and quick illustration of what this perspective might look like in practice
• Coverage of feminist and anti-racist pedagogies; sexual identity, oppression and pedagogy; peace and environmental education; and critical English as a foreign language—and their implications for second-language teaching
• Historical background
• Theoretical background on language and learning
• Consideration of applicability of critical/radical educational concepts and traditions to non-Western cultural contexts
• A focus on issues of compromise and resistance
This original, timely, and informative text is ideal for any course on methods and approaches in TESOL.
2 Getting Started—Materials and curriculum content
3 Components of critical language pedagogy
4 Radical or critical pedagogy; beginnings and elements
5 Relevant understandings of language and learning
6 Developing domains of radical language pedagogy
7 Administration and related matters
8 Concerns and outcomes: what is to be done?
9 Imagination and targets
Part One: Extracts from ESL for Action (Auerbach & Wallerstein)
Part Two: Extracts from Down Second Avenue: The Comic (Norton)
Part Three: Extracts from Language and Position (Janks)
Graham V. Crookes is Professor, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA.