Teaching for and about social justice positively influences all students, yet social justice education can be challenging to integrate into the language classroom. In the first part of this institute, participants will examine the principles of social justice education and identify ways that these principles can support our standards, objectives, and targeted skills in contemporary foreign language education. Through discussion and reflection, teachers will identify their own interests and strengths as language educators for social justice.

In the second part of the institute, the participants will build on this foundation to adapt, develop, and create learning opportunities for their foreign language students. A creative set of experiences will help participants go from big ideas to activities and assessments for their classroom, all while teaching for and about social justice.

Target Audience: This institute is designed for foreign language teachers, immersion educators, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers at the elementary level through the postsecondary level, as well as teacher educators. The institute is not targeted at English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers.

Instructors Pamela Wesely and Cassandra GlynnCassandra Glynn is Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Education in World Language Instruction at Concordia College. Prior to working in teacher education, she taught middle and high school German and French in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Pamela Wesely is Associate Professor of Multilingual Education at the University of Iowa. Her research addresses the K–12 world language classroom and its stakeholders. She was previously a middle school French teacher for eight years.

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Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice
Online, instructor led
M, T, W, Th, F
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jul 26, 2021 to Jul 30, 2021
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  • Online
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Instructor Led Online  
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Course Information: https://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2021/socialjustice.html
Dates: July 26–30, 2021


  • This synchronous online institute will run from 9 am-4 pm (Central Time). The schedule includes many synchronous presentations throughout the day as well as time for independent or partner/group work and a break for lunch.
  • You must be available to participate for the entire day Monday–Friday.
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.
  • While this institute will be offered online in 2021, we intend to offer it face-to-face in 2022. If you can only take it online, you are encouraged to enroll this summer.
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