Sexual Identities in English Language Education: Classroom by Cynthia D. Nelson

By Cynthia D. Nelson

What pedagogic demanding situations and possibilities come up as homosexual, lesbian, and queer subject matters and views turn into an more and more noticeable a part of English language sessions inside of various language studying contexts and degrees? What kinds of educating practices are wanted on the way to productively discover the sociosexual facets of language, identification, tradition, and conversation? How can English language academics advertise language studying during the improvement of educating techniques that don't presume an solely heterosexual global?

Drawing at the reviews of over a hundred language academics and newbies, and utilizing quite a lot of examine and thought, in particular queer schooling examine, this leading edge, state-of-the-art ebook skillfully interweaves school room voices and theoretical research to supply proficient information and a realistic framework of macrostrategies English language lecturers (of any sexual identity) can use to interact with lesbian/gay issues within the lecture room. In so doing, it illuminates broader questions about how you can deal with social range, social inequity, and social inquiry in a lecture room context.

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This paradox is central to queer theory. Jagose (1996) explains that these different, even contradictory, uses of ‘queer’ do not indicate “that queer has yet to solidify and take on a more consistent profile, but rather that its definitional indeterminacy, its elasticity, is one of its constituent characteristics” (p. 1). She goes on to argue that “part of queer’s semantic clout, part of its political efficacy, depends on its resistance to definition” (p. 1). In Seidman’s (1995) analysis, “queer suggests a positioning as oppositional to both the heterosexual and homosexual mainstream” (pp.

158), Britzman makes the case that queer theory offers a viable alternative by attempting “to exceed such binary oppositions as the tolerant and the tolerated and the oppressed and the oppressor yet still hold onto an analysis of social difference” (p. 164). Drawing on Foucault and others, Britzman calls for educational practices that explore the limits of ‘thinkability’ and knowledge, of ignorance and innocence (see also Britzman, 1997, 2000). Sumara and Davis’s (1999) article in Curriculum Inquiry draws on their research with teachers, children, and parents in order to articulate “a queer curriculum theory” (p.

This is because examining points of divergence or contention can illuminate some of the underlying tensions, competing discourses, and changing practices that are at play. 30 • Teachers’ Perspectives While the teachers’ first-hand accounts provide valuable insights, the limitations of relying on these accounts need to be acknowledged. As mentioned previously, the teachers in this study were not selected at random—each volunteered to participate because they had an interest in the research topic, which means their experiences and viewpoints are not representative of teachers in general.

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