TESOL Journal is seeking 200- to 300-word proposal abstracts for the 2020 Special Issue, “Exploring the Transformative Potential of English Language Teaching for Social Justice.” The guest editors of this issue are Dr. Deniz Ortaçtepe and Dr. Jason Martel, both from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Proposals are due June 24, 2019.

The following text is a preview of the background of this special issue, copied from TESOL International Association’s website: “We live in an unjust world in which many experience discrimination based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity, ability, appearance, privilege, and geographic location. Schools and universities are sites in which such discrimination is not only reproduced, but also challenged. English language teachers are key players in the struggle for social justice (Hastings, 2016), given language’s role in perpetuating disenfranchising ideologies and constructing ‘the ways learners understand themselves, their social surroundings, their histories, and their possibilities for the future’ (Norton & Toohey, 2004, p. 1).”

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