In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the English Language Institute at UBC, BC TEAL and the ELI have partnered to present a series of evening lectures. This lecture series consists of free events which will happen throughout the year and will include a number of different topics and speakers. Please follow the link at the bottom of the page to register for this free event.
English language teaching aims to develop not only linguistic skills but also critical awareness of social issues associated with language learning. Of these issues, race, racialization, and racism significantly affect the ways in which learners engage in communication across difference. This presentation introduces conceptual foundations of race, racialization, racism, and antiracism, and examines how race often intersects with language, gender, social class, and other categories, influencing social beliefs and practices. While antiracism challenges racial injustices, recognizing how social and economic privilege works to produce multiple power hierarchies invites us to support critical antiracism. Critical awareness of antiracism will encourage teachers and learners to explore how ideas of race are reflected in teaching materials, language instruction, and institutional structures.
About the Speaker
Ryuko Kubota is a professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC Faculty of Education, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on applied linguistics and teacher education in second and foreign languages. Her research draws on critical multiculturalism, critical race theory, and critical pedagogy. She is a co-editor of Race, culture, and identities in second language: Exploring critically engaged practice (Routledge 2009). Her publications also appeared in such academic journals as Applied Linguistics, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Journal of Journal of Second Language Writing, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Linguistics and Education, TESOL Quarterly, and World Englishes.