Sexual Diversity in English Language Education: Classroom Conversations / Edition 1

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"What pedagogic challenges and opportunities are arising as gay, lesbian, and queer themes and perspectives become an increasingly visible part of English language classes? How are language learners and teachers experiencing gay-themed discussions in class, and what are the implications for teaching practices? How can language learning be enhanced through teaching approaches that do not presume an exclusively heterosexual world?" This cutting-edge book skillfully interweaves the experiences of over 100 language teachers and learners (from over 25 countries) with theoretical analysis. It provides a practical framework for engaging with issues of sexual identity in the classroom, whether these arise in planned or spontaneous ways. An invaluable resource for second- and foreign-language teachers and teacher educators, this book will also appeal to anyone interested in the complexities of social diversity within education contexts worldwide.
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"This book will be indispensible for educators contemplating the facilitation of sexual literacy, whether that learning takes the form of language lessons, sexuality education programmes, or teachable moments across the curriculum…Most refreshing of all is the constructive and expert advice of Cynthia Nelson, who succeeds in identifying realistic and exciting guidelines for the task [of integrating topics of sexual diversity into lessons]."--Journal of Language, Identity & Education, 9:2, 159-162

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805863680
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/29/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction 1

1 Queering Language Education 3

Pt. II Teachers' Perspectives 27

2 Teaching Multisexual Student Cohorts 31

3 Engaging with Gay and Lesbian Themes 45

4 Tackling Homophobia, Heterosexism, and Heteronormativity 67

5 Negotiating Sexual Identities in the Classroom 91

Pt. III Inside Three Classes 121

6 "Not Animal in the Zoo": Tony's Class 127

7 Invisible Outings: Gina's Class 151

8 Foreign Meanings: Roxanne's Class 175

Pt. IV Conclusion 203

9 Framing Sexual Diversity as a Pedagogic Resource 205

Appendix A Teachers Quoted 219

Appendix B Transcribing Key 221

Appendix C Students Quoted or Mentioned 222

References 225

Index 235

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