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: Elementary to postsecondary foreign language teachers, immersion educators, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, and teacher educators. The institute is not targeted at English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers.*

*This institute is built around the book, Words and Actions: Teaching Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice, which is focused on the World-Readiness Standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; thus, some of the readings do not directly apply to the ESL teaching context. ESL teachers who are willing to stretch their thinking to make connections between the foreign language context and their ESL context would be welcome to join the institute. For questions, please contact Dr. Cassandra Glynn.


  • This is a synchronous online institute that will run from 9 am-4 pm CDT. 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 to review the tech requirements for this institute: http://carla.umn.edu/institutes/techrequirements.html


Cassandra Glynn, Pamela Wesely, and Beth Wassell Cassandra 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.

Beth Wassell is Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Education at Rowan University in New Jersey. Prior to her work in teacher education, she worked as a Spanish teacher at the high school, elementary, and community college levels.

Pamela Wesely is Associate Professor of Foreign Language and ESL 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.

Full Course Description: https://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2020/socialjustice.html

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Section Title
Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice
Online, instructor led
M, T, W, Th, F
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jul 27, 2020 to Jul 31, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Instructor Led Online  
Course Fee(s)
Late Registration non-credit $450.00
Regisration U of MN Student non-credit $200.00
Section Details
Course Information: https://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2020/socialjustice.html
Location: Online
Dates: July 27–31, 2020
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