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Language and Education Network seminar with Dr Salah Troudi (University of Exeter)

Critical research in TESOL and language education

Critical research in language education, TESOL and applied linguistics in general has been appropriately associated with the wider philosophical framework of critical theory. The works of the ‘Frankfurt School’ with scholars such as Habermas, Horkenheimer, Adorno and Marcuse were influential in the twentieth century in setting up the main agenda of critical theory and its research which was to help establish an equitable society. This is done through a research approach that is emancipatory, seeking action and change in order to alleviate pain in society and redress forms of alienation, discrimination, injustice, exploitation and marginalisation. This research agenda is based on a general view of society and social realities as shaped by the hegemony of powerful economic and political structures, social and educational institutions and discursive practices.

Event details

Critical theory has been influential in the general area of education and more recently in language studies and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) and as second language (TESL). The purpose of this session is to introduce the main tenets of critical research in TESOL and language education and the main methodologies and methods associated with this approach.

Dr Salah Troudi is the Programme Director for the TESOL/Dubai EdD (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: the Dubai pathway) programme, the Supervisory Co-ordinator of the PhD in TESOL and also the International Development Coordinator for the Graduate School of Education.  Salah’s research interests are in the areas of critical pedagogy and critical applied linguistics, critical applied linguistics, language of instruction policy, technology in TESOL and curriculum and syllabus design


Baring Court 114