What happens when equity meets the so-called “nice” field of second language education (SLE)? It creates an intersection which serves as the forefront of my life’s work: understanding how the complexity of the interlocking systems related to power, privilege, citizenship; race; gender, ethnicity, colonization and other forms of minoritalization pervade our work as second language educators. This book is a collection of previously published work and demonstrates how my colleagues and I have worked through these important concerns over the years. As I begin to make a slow transition to partial retirement, I thought that it would important in this way to speak to the continued (but still urgent) need to address equity within our field. Although it is published mainly for the benefit of SLE colleagues, graduate students and practitioners, I believe all those interested in how education can positively affect progressive change will find something of value herein. I summarize my subject position and acknowledgments in the book’s introduction.
Critical Second Language Education in Canada (eBook)
Douglas Fleming’s teaching and research focus on critical and post-structural SLE and equity. Before joining uOttawa in 2007, Douglas worked for 20 years in public school districts, community colleges and immigrant serving agencies as an activist, teacher and administrator. He completed his PhD at UBC and his MA at OISE/UT.