CLTAC Fall Conference 2012 Keynote Speech
Title: The Social Responsibility of Language Teachers
For virtually every language teacher, some of the primary driving motives for teaching language are rooted in our desire to be “agents for change” in this world – our desire to help people to communicate across linguistic, national, and cultural boundaries, and the hope that our students will use language as a means for peaceful negotiation of differences. These motives imply a level of social responsibility on the part of teachers. But the moral imperatives that drive our zeal for communication also create pedagogical dilemmas that are not always easily resolved. The presentation will present the imperatives and dilemmas, suggest some resolutions, and leave the audience with some challenges for their classroom methodology.
Dr. H. Douglas Brown, Emeritus Professor of English in the MA-TESOL program, San Francisco State University, has authored articles and books on second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and language assessment. For 22 years, he was the Director of SFSU’s American Language Institute. A past President of TESOL and recipient of the James E. Alatis Award for Distinguished Service, Dr. Brown has lectured to English language teaching audiences around the world.