14 big questions

Willy Cardoso

1. Is it the role of language teachers to address social issues in the classroom? Why (not)?

2. If languages constitute identities (personal and social) aren’t language teachers in a privileged position to teach for social change?

3. If so, this also means they are in a position of power. How is this power used?

4. What if you don’t want this power? Who will grab it? And what use will they make of it?

5. If we choose to take a de-politicised position, aren’t we just helping to maintain the status quo?

6. If so, so what? Is the status quo so bad? Says who? And why?

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7. Can an investment in serious conversations about the -isms affecting our lives everyday make a difference in our students’ lives? How can we know?

8. Do we need evidence to support where we stand, how we act, and react in the…

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Technology to Empower Learning?

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As a blogger and a teacher of English, I have a habit of reading a lot of posts and other internet sources to keep myself updated with what is going on in E.L.T. and what other teachers are doing to promote better learning in classrooms. I also like to think that this habit is most beneficial for me that I usually feel refreshed especially when I read reflections of those who try new practices or integrate technology into their lesson plans.

However, life in reality is never so perfect and teaching is never a walk in the park at all times.

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My students don’t even know why they are at school. I ask them what they hope to gain from the day ahead, the response is a group of individuals with empty looks. They at times get bold enough to counter ask ” What sort of a question is that?”.

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Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman

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Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman received her PhD in linguistics from the University of Michigan. Following appointments at UCLA and the Graduate SIT Institute (where she remains affiliated as distinguished senior faculty fellow), she returned to the University of Michigan in January 2002 to direct the English Language Institute for six years. She is currently a research scientist emerita at the English Language Institute, as well as a professor of education emerita and a professor of linguistics emerita. She is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Larsen-Freeman has made presentations in seventy countries around the world and is the author of eight books. She was also the editor of the journal Language Learning for five years.

  1. Thank you very much for joining us on the NNEST Blog, Diane. To start, could you tell us a bit about your educational and professional background, and how you got interested in languages…

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