1st Edition

World Language Education as Critical Pedagogy The Promise of Social Justice

By Timothy G. Reagan, Terry A. Osborn Copyright 2021
    336 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Accessible and cutting-edge, this text is a pivotal update to the field and offers a much-needed critical perspective on world language education. Building off their classic 2002 book, The Foreign Language Educator in Society, Timothy G. Reagan and Terry A. Osborn address major issues facing the world language educator today, including language myths, advocacy, the perceived and real benefits of language learning, linguistic human rights, constructivism, learning theories, language standards, monolingualism, bilingualism and multiculturalism.

    Organized into three parts – "Knowing Language," "Learning Language," and "Teaching Language" – this book applies a critical take on conventional wisdom on language education, evaluates social and political realities, assumptions, and controversies in the field. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and discussion to support students and educators in developing their own perspectives on teaching and learning languages. With a critical pedagogy and social justice lens, this book is ideal for scholars and students in foreign/world language education, social justice education, and language teaching methodology courses, as well as pre- and in-service teachers.

    Chapter 1: Introduction: World Language Educators Still Need Critical Pedagogy


    Chapter 2: Language and Language Mythology: What We Need to Learn and Unlearn

    Chapter 3: Linguistic Legitimacy and the World Language Educator: Whose Language is Real?


    Chapter 4: Why Study a Foreign Language? The Case for World Language Education

    Chapter 5: Learning Languages: Constructivism and World Language Education

    Chapter 6: When Methodology Fails: A Critical Look at World Language Education

    Chapter 7: The World Language Educator and Critical Reflective Practice: Toward Emancipatory Knowledge

    Chapter 8: World Language Education, Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice: Toward Conscientização

    Chapter 9: Challenging Ideology in the Curriculum: The Role of Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice Education

    Chapter 10: Critical Pedagogy, Social Justice and National Standards: An Insurmountable Dilemma?

    Chapter 11: The Empire Strikes Back: Toward an Epilogue


    Timothy G. Reagan is Professor at the University of Maine and Research Fellow at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

    Terry A. Osborn is Professor at the University of South Florida, USA.