Social Justice + Language Teaching Working Group
Our first MyShare meeting in January was so successful, we’re hoping to try another one this month. This will be a chance for us to talk together about pedagogy and practice. Please share your SJ-related ideas for feedback and friendly discussion. Bring your handouts, tasks, assessment rubrics, course plans, or anything connected to SJ. They can be polished best practices, works in progress which you’d like to workshop, or anything in between. If you’d like to share, please contact me ahead of time to tell me what you’d like to bring and how long you anticipate it will take to introduce. Within 5-10 minutes would be ideal. Of course, feel free to simply join as an audience member and offer advice or discuss the ideas presented. At the start of the meeting we’ll choose an order of events, and if we don’t have time for anything we’ll push that to a future My Share session.
Given that the Living on the Edge Conference will take place on May 21-22, I thought it might be better to schedule this session after that since many of our members are involved with organizing or presenting there. Please get in touch if you’d like to join the meeting.
We have no plans after May at the moment, so if you have any ideas for future meetings that you can facilitate please let me know!
If you are interested in joining a meeting or facilitating a session, If you are interested in attending, please contact interim coordinator: Michael Ellis, and he will help you set up a session.
March: Teaching Japanese Students About Race: An Imperfect Attempt
Date: Between March 13-16 (TBD)
Facilitated by Gregory Paul Glasgow
It can be daunting to create a whole university CLIL course on the topic of race. Nevertheless, if you accept the fact that there may be missteps along the way and just try your best, the experience can indeed be more rewarding than you think. In this session, I will briefly share with you the course objectives, readings, activities and final outcomes that I set for an elective course for 3rd and 4th year university students that I taught last year. I would like to then spend the rest of the time exchanging ideas through frank discussions about how to broach topics of race/racism in the content and /or language classroom.
If you are interested in attending, please contact interim coordinator: Michael Ellis.
A message from Michael:
Looking ahead, is there anyone willing and able to help coordinate this group from April, even if for a short period? Please get in touch!
February: Decolonizing the Syllabus
The February meeting will be facilitated by Margalit Fadan
Date and Time: Evening of Feb 27 or 28. Email interim coordinator, Michael Ellis to register.
For many instructors, February is a season for reflecting upon and preparing new syllabi. Thus, in the February meeting, I would like to focus on the topic of decolonizing the syllabus. In particular, I hope to create a space in which we can discuss and share our own experiences of and strategies for decolonizing our syllabi in EFL contexts.
December 20, 2021: Internationalization Initiatives at Japanese Universities, Facilitated by Mahboubeh Rakhshanderoo
This month, the meeting will be facilitated by Mahboubeh Rakhshandehroo. It will be a discussion-based meeting. Mahboubeh will share her slides about multiculturalism and internationalization initiatives at Japanese universities and will talk about some of the activities she chooses for her classes related to multiculturalism. The meeting won’t take more than an hour unless attendees want to continue the discussion. The meeting is Monday, December 20th from 7-8:30 pm. If you are interested in joining the meeting, please email Mike Ellis (interim coordinator) to get the zoom link.
January 12, 2022: My Share, Facilitated by Gretchen Clark
Additionally, please mark your calendars for SJ+LT WG’s own ‘My Share’ event on January 12, at 7pm. Share your SJ-related idea for feedback and friendly discussion. Bring your handouts, tasks, assessment rubrics, course plans, or anything connected to SJ. They can be polished best practices, works in progress which you’d like to workshop, or anything in between. For example, Gretchen is planning to talk about a discussion activity she has tried and needs help scaffolding for the lower level language learner. How about you?
Sharers are encouraged to contact Mike Ellis to tell him what they’d like to share and how long they anticipate it will take to introduce. Within 5-10 minutes would be ideal. Of course, feel free to simply offer advice or discuss the ideas presented and not share your own. We’re looking forward to discussing lots of great ideas. Join us!