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Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning

Contemporary Language Education

David I. Smith and Terry A. Osborn


Series: Contemporary Language Education

Hardback: 182 pages
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Publish Date: January 23, 2007
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1593116004
ISBN-13: 978-1593116002

This book sets out to explore the intersections between matters not frequently yoked in academic discussions: spirituality, social justice, and the learning of world languages. The contributing authors contend not only that these intersections exist, but that they are the site of issues and realities that require the attention of language educators and point to avenues of growth for the language teaching profession. The essays included seek to indicate the possibilities of a neglected area of inquiry, not only in terms of theory but also in terms of the practices of language education. Given this aim of opening up fresh questions, the book is arranged so as to show the relevance of the nexus of spirituality and social justice to teacher education (chapters 3 and 4), language classroom practices (chapters 5 and 6), and the theoretical sources that inform scholarly discussion of language education (chapters 7 and 8). The opening chapters place these explorations in a larger context by showing how they fit into existing social contexts and academic discussions.


David I. Smith started his career teaching French, German and Russian in secondary schools in England before moving into higher education. He currently serves both as Director of Graduate Studies in Education and as Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has published extensively in the field of Christian educational theory and travels widely to speak at educational conferences and work with groups of teachers in both higher and K-12 education. He is editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education, and has been involved with a variety of curriculum projects.


Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Contextual Considerations
  • Part 2: Teacher Education
  • Part 3: Classroom Practices
  • Part 4: Theoretical Perspectives


“This volume continues a project that has been close to the hearts of the editors for many years, namely to disclose the important educational potential of foreign/second language education.”

— Kevin Williams Information Age Publishing