Language Education for Social Justice

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Funder's project number: 7.2.2020, 02-2019-001050-01

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  • 14 550,00

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Project start date: 01/02/2020

Project end date: 31/12/2021


Language Education for Social Justice
37th Conference of Applied Linguistics, June 1-3, 2020, University of Jyväskylä, Language Campus, Finland

What does social justice have to do with language education? Why do we need to talk about social justice as language teachers, teacher educators, and researchers?

Nordic countries are often associated with social welfare and egalitarianism. However, linguistic injustices prevail there as well, and not all languages and linguistic practices are equal and associated with the same opportunities and privileges – within and beyond educational contexts. In addition, linguistic injustices are never just about language. Factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, social class, ability, and sexual orientation are intrinsically linked to language. They shape local, national, and international language attitudes, ideologies, and policies. What can researchers and educators do in order to take steps towards a more just field of language education? If the goal of education is to diminish social inequalities, and support students in becoming socially conscious, critical, and engaged members of society, then what kind of resources, skills, and teacher support is needed to achieve this?

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