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Teachers as Agents of Change: Unpacking EFL Lessons Through an Anti-Bias Lens

Teachers as Agents of Change: Unpacking EFL Lessons Through an Anti-Bias Lens
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Author(s): Laura Loder Buechel (Zurich University of Teacher Education, Switzerland)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 23
Source title: TESOL Guide for Critical Praxis in Teaching, Inquiry, and Advocacy
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jenifer Crawford (University of Southern California, USA) and Robert A. Filback (University of Southern California, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8093-6.ch005

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Abstract

Public school teachers in Switzerland often feel bound by decisions made by ministries of education as to materials used in the classroom. In teacher training, teachers are often taught superficially about reflective practices, equity, and equality, but in their training to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL), the focus is too often on the mechanical aspects of foreign language teaching and the examples provided are often not provocative enough to allow for an anti-bias stance to education. Yet this stance is a tenet of most national curricula and is to precede subject-specific curricular aims. Therefore, neither teachers nor materials should shy away from or banalize topics around civil rights and social change. This chapter provides examples of how the dispositions for culturally responsive pedagogy scale and teaching tolerance social justice scales can be used in teacher training for analyzing and planning out lessons. Examples from lessons on the Black Lives Matter movement and general suggestions act as springboards for rethinking and unpacking EFL teaching.

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