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What do we mean by transformative pedagogies?

Transformative pedagogies encourage the teacher and learner to make links to other key concepts in learning. Watch Dr Colin Christie explain.

Welcome to this week where we look at transformative pedagogies in the teaching of modern languages.

Dr Colin Christie explains what is meant by transformative pedagogies and suggests that we move away from a focus on topics and lists of vocabulary. We are asked to consider making links with social justice, sustainability and culturally responsive approaches. Furthermore, we are asked to question our focus on one language at a time and instead look at a plurilingual approach in which several languages are accessed by pupils.

The use of stories in language teaching and learning can be powerful as language is seen and heard in context. Learners can be exposed to a variety of linguistic and cultural features. By the end of this week you should be able to describe and reflect on various classroom practices which could potentially transform pupils’ understanding of language and culture.

Watch the video then think about a time when you have seen and/or have done a lot with a little language. Add your thoughts to the comments below.

The following texts offer further reading:

Coyle, D. and Meyer, O. (2021): Beyond CLIL. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Sfard, A. (1998): ‘On two metaphors for learning and the dangers of choosing just one’. Educational Researcher, 27 (2): 4-13.

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