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ERIC Number: EJ1031200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
The Role of Social Class in English Language Education
Vandrick, Stephanie
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v13 n2 p85-91 2014
English language educators are often advocates for social justice and often focus on learners' identities, such as their race, gender, and ethnicity; however, they tend not to employ a social class lens in analyzing students, teachers, classrooms, and institutions. Yet social class plays a significant, if unacknowledged, role in the field. Scholars do not often examine the whole range of social class (high to low) or ways in which English language teaching (ELT) reproduces and reinforces privilege, or lack thereof. This article briefly looks at existing literature and relevant theory on social class; explores ways in which power and privilege play out in English-language education; queries the roles of coloniality and neoliberalism in exacerbating social stratification; notes intersections of social class with other identities; and recommends increased attention to social class in English language education research, teacher education, and language classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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