9780415999533

Christian and Critical English Language Educators in Dialogue: Pedagogical and Ethical Dilemmas

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415999533

  • ISBN10:

    0415999537

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-05-14
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

The legacy of English teaching and Christian missionaries is a flashpoint within the field of English language teaching. This critical examination of the place of Christianity in the field is unique in presenting the voices of TESOL professionals from a wide range of religious and spiritual perspectives. About half identify themselves as "Christian" while the others identify themselves as Buddhist, atheist, spiritualist, and variations of these and other faiths. What is common for all the authors is their belief that values have an important place in the classroom. What they disagree on is whether and how spiritual values should find expression in learning and teaching. This volume dramatizes how scholars in the profession wrestle with ideological, pedagogical, and spiritual dilemmas as they seek to understand the place of faith in education. To sustain this conversation, the book is structured dialogically. Each section includes a set of position chapters in which authors explain their views of faith/pedagogy integration, a set of chapters by authors responding to these positions while articulating their own views on the subject, and discussion questions to engage readers in comparing the positions of all the authors, reflecting on their own experiences and values, and advancing the dialogue in fresh and personal directions.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:Foreword
Preface
Contributors' Spiritual Identification Statements
Introduction Can We Talk?
Finding a Platform for Dialogue among Values-based Professionals in Post-Positivist Education
Setting the Tone: Dialogue and Discourse
Nonjudgmental Steps on a Road to Understanding
Is Dialogue Possible?
Challenges to Evangelicals and Non Evangelicals in English Language Teaching
The Neutrality Myth vs. Religious Reductionism: The Mediation between Missionary Language Agencies and their Secular Critics
A Survey of Christian English Language Teachers in Countries that Monitor Religious Activity
Responses
Is Dialogue Possible?
Anti-intellectualism, Relativism, Politics and Linguistic Ideologies
Dialogue and Discourse
Questioning religious "ideals" and intentionalities: Staving off religious arrogance and bigotry in ELT
TBA
Discussion Questions
Ideological and Hegemonic Dilemmas Chapters
Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Missionary English Teacher Identity
English and Education in Anglophone Africa: Historical and Current Realities
Confronting the Empire: Language Teachers as Charitable Guests
Christian English Teacher's Presence: Reflecting Constantine or Christ
A Former "Missionary Kid" Responds
Caught between poststructuralist relativism and materialism or liberal and critical multiculturalism?
The English language and the Word of God
Discussion Questions
Pedagogical Dilemmas Chapters
The Courage to Teach as a Non-native teacher: The Confession of a Christian Teacher
English Teachers, Language Learning, and the Issue of Power
Christian Witness and Respect for Persons
Classroom Guidelines for Teachers with Convictions
Responses
The Pedagogical Dilemmas of Faith in ELT: A "Spirited" Response
Power and Change in ELT:Thoughts from a Fellow Traveler
Reconsidering Roadside Assistance: The problem with Christian approaches to teaching the English language
Discussion Questions
Spiritual Dilemmas Chapters
Spiritual Dimensions in Language Teaching: A Personal Reflection
Spiritual Lessons from a Language Teacher
The Spiritual Ecology of Second Language Pedagogy
Truth in Teaching English
Responses
Imperatives, Dilemmas, and Conundrums in Spiritual Dimensions of ELT
Additive Perspective on Religion or Growing Hearts with Wisdom
A Question of Priorities
TBA
Discussion Questions
Conclusion
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