Privilege, Power, and Intersectionality: Awareness of Ourselves in Our Teaching Practices
Intersectionality, the study of how social identities (e.g., race, gender, class, sexuality) overlap, has only recently emerged as a topic of discussion in TESOL, and can aid teachers in their understanding of oppression, privilege, and power. This presentation will explore the basics of intersectionality, how it affects TESOL educators and their practices, the way in which English has been linked through history to the language of power and how teachers can bring this self-awareness into the language classroom.
James D. Mitchell is an MA TESOL student at Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon. He has experience teaching EAP in the USA and Germany. His presentation and publication experience spans curriculum design, social justice, and LGBTQ+ topics in TESOL. Currently, he is a teaching assistant for the TESOL methods courses at PSU and is working on his thesis related to the relationship between gender and sexual identity and emotion and affect in language learning.
Clothes to Die For
Many of us adore fashion and love the way clothes have got cheaper over the last twenty years. But have you ever thought about who makes your clothes? What their working conditions are like? How much they get paid? And how you can raise awareness of the exploitation going on in the fashion industry with your students? This webinar will briefly explore the supply chain that transforms raw materials into the items we buy and suggests practical steps you can take to help your students question the practices that make their clothes so affordable.
Julietta Schoenmann has been a language teacher and teacher trainer for over twenty years, working in state and language schools in China, Eritrea, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She has been training teachers and trainers in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Serbia, Nigeria and Libya but also works on assignments such as developing materials for teachers and learners. Her educational interests include teacher development in low resourced environments and promoting learner engagement in the classroom.