Applied linguistics is a major part of what we do as language teachers and has expanded over the decades to encompass not only the micro issues of how to teach a language effectively, but also has come to include the macro issues related to culture, identity and the sociopolitical implications of teaching and learning a powerful and far-reaching foreign language such as English. It investigates and exposes issues related to fair and equal access and opportunity for all stakeholders involved in the dynamic, complex process of language education.
So, I'd like to share an interesting video presentation created by a grad school colleague who raises awareness of an issue that many language teachers, particularly in the developing world, encounter as they strive to provide quality education to their students. The link to the video is provided below. As always, feel free to leave a comment to jump start a life-affirming, solution-giving conversation that may inspire and challenge us all to contribute to a more "just and peaceful world", the MO of the graduate school (School for International Training) I attend. Thank you and enjoy the presentation!
Language and Power Video.mp4