Teaching Diversity and Inclusion: Examples from a French-Speaking Classroom explores new and pioneering strategies for transforming current teaching practices into equitable, inclusive and immersive classrooms for all students. This cutting-edge volume dares to ask new questions, and shares innovative, concrete tools useful to a wide variety of classrooms and institutional contexts, far beyond any disciplinary borders.
This book aims to instill classroom approaches which allow every student to feel safe to share their truth and to reflect deeply about their own identity and challenges, discussing course design, assignments, technologies, activities, and strategies that target diversity and inclusion in the French classroom. Each chapter shares why and how to design an inclusive community of learners, including opportunities to promote interdisciplinary approaches and cross-disciplinary collaborations, exploring cultures and underrepresented perspectives, and distinguishing unconscious biases. The essays also provide theoretical and practical strategies adaptable to any reflective teacher desiring to create a welcoming, inclusive classroom that draws in students they might not otherwise attract.
This long overdue work will be ideal for both undergraduate and graduate students and administrators seeking fresh approaches to diversity in the classroom.
Table of Contents
E. Nicole Meyer and Eilene Hoft-March
Section 1: Unscripting and Claiming Identities
Chapter 1: Queer Pedagogy for a Queer(er) Francophone Classroom
Chapter 2: A Starter Kit for Rethinking Trans Representation and Inclusion in French L2 Classrooms
Kris Aric Knisely
Chapter 3: Disability Studies and the French Classroom: Toward a ‘Democracy of Proximity’
Chapter 4: Why We Need to Talk about Race: Improving Racial Inclusivity in the French Language Classroom
Section 2: Inclusively Speaking
Chapter 5: Inclusive Language Pedagogy for (Un)Teaching Gender in French
Chapter 6: How Can We Teach French Inclusively? Challenges and Resistance
Dominique Carlini Versini
Chapter 7: A Classroom for Everyone: Creating French Courses that Embrace Learning Differences
Kathryn A. Dettmer and Brenda A. Dyer
Chapter 8: Diversifying the Curriculum: From Structural Changes to Classroom Lessons
Jessica S. Miller
Chapter 9: Embracing the Francophone World across the French Curriculum
Chapter 10: Unlearning the Language of Divisiveness
Section 3: Embracing Cultures/Extending Contexts
Chapter 11: Strategies for Teaching Diversity and Inclusion in Introductory Literature Courses
Chapter 12: The Making of the Other Americas: Discovering the Francospheres of Latin America
Chapter 13: Connecting French Studies to the World through Global Foodways
Chapter 14: Lessons in Diversity from the Street: A Course on Hip-hop Cultures
Kathryn St. Ours
Chapter 15: "We are all Negroes": Teaching Tolerance from a Haitian Literary Perspective
Chapter 16: Introducing Diversity into the Graduate Classroom: Teaching Jewish Francophone Writers
Nancy M. Arenberg
Chapter 17: Promoting Mutual Understanding and Inclusion in the French Classroom through French, Israeli, and Polish Post-Holocaust Life Writing
E. Nicole Meyer
Appendix: Essential Reads
E. Nicole Meyer is is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques and Professor of French and Women’s and Gender Studies at Augusta University. She publishes on a wide array of topics including contemporary French and Francophone women’s autobiography, Flaubert, and French for Specific Purposes.
Eilene Hoft-March is Professor of French and Francophone Studies and the Milwaukee-Downer and College Endowment Association Professor of Liberal Studies at Lawrence University where she also contributes to the Gender Studies and Global Studies programs.