Linguistic Justice: Critical Language Awareness, Translingualism, and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy in the College Writing Classroom

February-March 2022.

This seminar explores three key theories of the last ten years that should be shaping our approach to multilingual writers and the diverse populations we teach. Building on Shawna Shapiro’s 1/22 talk and follow-up workshop on Critical Language Awareness, we will read more about these overlapping concepts and consider their implications for instructors teaching WR 111, WR 112, WR 120, WR 15x, and even upper-level WIN courses. We will discuss issues of feedback, attention to grammar, plagiarism, and class participation as we strive for linguistic justice for all students.

Note that BU Wheelock will be hosting April Baker-Bell, author of Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy (Routledge, 2020) on Tuesday 2/1 (also on Zoom), and we will be reading a chapter from her book a week later in Session 2. Sign up for her talk separately on the Wheelock events page if interested.