The Role of Language in Building Social Justice in the Classroom and Beyond

Schools of Public Engagement: TESOL

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Social Justice and Language

Spring 2019

Taught By: Leo Schmitt

Section: A

CRN: 6606

Credits: 3

This course will explore the role of language in our society and how it affects our perceptions of the world. In particular, the course will explore how injustice can be perpetuated through the use of language and how language can similarly be a tool for creating a more just world. The course will critically examine popular views of language held by different speech communities and their impact on social reality. It will also explore how these views often reinforce existing cultural practices, social perspectives, and even power structures. During the course, participants will explore their own perceptions of language and how those influence their own stances with regard to social justice. Particular attention will be paid to the role of English in the world, second language acquisition, and the implications for teachers in the language classroom.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: TESOL (NMAT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 10

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:25am 11/21/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2019 - 5/9/2019