Practicing Anti-racism in (Language) Teaching Through Genre Analysis and Remixing
Dr. Kathryn Accurso
Dr. Margaret Early
As part of their studies, Elementary Bachelor of Education students take a mandatory course in teaching English as an additional language. In 2021, the project team began piloting three new modules and one major course assignment on the topic of “anti-racist genre pedagogy”. This approach involves teaching language through the analysis of community counter-texts from racialized authors alongside canonical texts typically found in school curricula.
In order to refine and enhance this curriculum, the project explores: how elementary teacher candidates interacted with this curriculum; affordances and challenges for instructors; and what additional or refined materials are needed to better support teacher candidates’ and instructors’ knowledge, beliefs and practices of anti-racist language teaching.