Queer equals gay, right? Wrong!
Queer covers any type of gender or sexual attitudes that are outside of the mainstream of one man one woman monogamy. In other words, queer is a reaction against what is called – in the literature – heteronormativity.
What do we aim to achieve with a queer approach in ELT?
Not surprisingly, in ELT books – an in ELT as a whole – heteronormativity is rife and given the global conservative wave that has been gaining force, Education requires for more inclusive teaching practices.
Queer pedagogy is a development from feminist pedagogy which are both influenced by critical pedagogy. Crooks (2009, p, 193) claims that queer pedagogy functions as a “liberatory environment, in which students also teach, and are subjects not objects; and in which consciousness could be changed, and the old weaknesses (racism, classism, homophobia, etc.) expelled”. To achieve that, teachers must be as inclusive as possible.
With a day devoted to the discussion of gender, sexuality and identities in the foreign language classroom we are looking for presentations that:
• explore and interrogate the relationships between students and teachers;
• identify the roles of identities in the classroom;
• deal the nature of disciplines and curriculum, and the connection between the classroom and the broader community with a goal of being both a set of theoretical tools for pedagogical critique;
• provide a set of practical tools for those doing any teaching related work to develop LBGTQIA-friendly pedagogies;
• examine how language and culture work with regard to all genders, sexualities and identities thus including all minorities;
• to challenge some of the assumptions inherent in much published teaching material regarding sexual orientation, identities and gender;
• make people be aware of the fact that the way that the learner is represented (or not represented) in the materials they use or in the discussions led in class, has strong ideological ramifications.
(Or anything in line with this mindset)
With that in mind, we would like to invite you to our second Queer Day In ELT which will take place online on December 10, 2017.
Even if you’re not part of the LGBTQIA community but feel strongly motivated to have your voice heard, submit a proposal having in mind the principles above mentioned.
And if you are part of the LGBTQIA, join us in the attempt to make this a more inclusive, more understanding and better world.
Click here to submit your proposal.
The BrETL Team:
- Barbara Furtado
- Bruno Andrade
- Eduardo de Freitas
- Fernanda Machado
- Priscila Bordon
- Thiago Veigga