Cultural and Linguistic Competence through Social Justice

LJ Randolph

L.J. Randolph Jr., University of North Carolina, Wilmington
2:00-4:00 pm, Friday, September 18

Participation in this workshop for UW-Madison language educators is limited. Registration is closed.

Workshop description

In this workshop, participants will discuss the various frameworks that inform social justice in language education and explore ways to connect critical and social justice-oriented pedagogies to language learning goals. The presenter will share authentic resources, lesson ideas, and sample activities for a variety of proficiency levels. The workshop will also include a specific emphasis on using technological tools for resource selection, student engagement, assessment, and professional development. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how social justice learning goals and activities can be effectively embedded into their existing curricula.

About the presenter

L. J. Randolph Jr., Ed.D., is an associate professor of Spanish and Education and coordinator of the World Language Teacher Education Program at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. L.J.’s teaching career has spanned nearly 20 years, including a decade as a Spanish and ESOL teacher at the secondary level. At the university level, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish language, contemporary Latinx cultures, and second language teaching methods. He has also directed study abroad programs in China, Mexico, Spain, and the Dominican Republic for secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students.

L.J.’s research, publications, and professional engagement have focused on a variety of critical issues in language education, including the teaching of Spanish to heritage and native speakers and the incorporation of social justice-oriented pedagogies in the language classroom. He has authored/co-authored several articles and given dozens of scholarly presentations on those topics. In addition, throughout his career he has served in leadership roles in various language organizations, including president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC), president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), coordinator of the Cape Fear Foreign Language Collaborative (CFFLC), board member for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and founding vice-chair of ACTFL’s special interest group for Critical and Social Justice approaches.

Sponsor: Language Institute

Contact: Dianna Murphy