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ERIC Number: EJ924080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Our Responsibilities as Antiracist Educators
Fleming, Douglas
TESL Canada Journal, v23 n1 p89-90 Win 2005
Sandra Kouritzin's "Word from the Editor" in the last issue of this journal is a refreshingly heartfelt and honest appraisal of her own take on the subject positions second-language educators occupy in terms of class, race, or gender. In their relatively privileged profession, second-language educators have ambiguous relationships with their learners, who more often than not hold disadvantaged positions in the society as recent immigrants. Like many in their profession, the author struggles with the same questions. British-based culture, from which his own heritage draws, has been especially privileged in Canada. He has also been guilty of racist and sexist thought and conduct, much to his shame and consternation. However, like many of them in the profession, the author has actively engaged in antiracist work both in and out of the classroom. In his own work, he is very much aware of his role as an ESL teacher in relationship to the nation state to which he belongs. His students will become Canadian citizens, and like others in their profession the author has an important role in their progress toward this goal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada