In episode 44, Stacey shares an interview with Terry Osborn that she conducted as part of the 2018 issue of Dimension, the peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) . This special issue, which Stacey co-edited with Paula Garrett-Rucks, contains seven chapters all focused on how critical pedagogy and social justice play out in the language classroom. Listeners will get to hear a portion of the interview with Dr. Terry A. Osborn that comprises the first chapter of this special issue.



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You can find Terry Osborn here. 


…Terry’s book Teaching World Languages for Social Justice.

…Terry’s book with Reagan called The Foreign Language Educator in Society.

Dimension, a peer-reviewed journal from the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT)

Words and Actions: Teaching World Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice

ACTFL’s Critical and Social Justice Approaches SIG

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5 thoughts on “We Teach Languages Episode 44: A Preview of the 2018 Dimension Special Issue with Terry A. Osborn

  1. hi interesting recording, thx!

    i wonder if Dr. Osborn in his passage about knowledge is mixing “two separate issues: claims about the existence or non-existence of particular things, facts and events, and claims about how one arrives at beliefs and opinions.”

    and that he may be incorrectly assuming that “political analysis has necessary implications for the veracity or otherwise of any particular theory.”

    i recommend this blog by Geoff Jordan whose quotes i have used for more on this – []


    1. So the idea that some parts of language teaching can be thought of as neutral and naturally defined, but other parts of language teaching are constructed and/or dependent on power relationships? You think that there might be a distinction to be made between fact and belief? But with language teaching where what we know is based on interpretations of research or on personal experiences, is there fact to depend on? Just clarifying. (I love your comments and your engagement with these two separate authors. Interested to tease out some more connections there.)

  2. hi Stacey
    it was more the positioning of a rationale for social justice issues in relation to science (which i take the 2 uses of “logical positivism” is shorthand for? though see Geoff’s blog as to why this shorthand is mistaken); i don’t think social justice issues need such a rationale

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