Introducing International Critical Pedagogies in ELT

  • Mario E. López-Gopar
Part of the International Perspectives on English Language Teaching book series (INPELT)


In Chap.  1, Mario E. López-Gopar, introduces this edited collection whose purpose is to bring to the forefront international attempts to connect critical pedagogies and English Language Teaching (ELT). With its international perspective, this collection is unique in terms of its contextual constraints and possibilities as well as its deconstruction of “ELT” that goes beyond the typical English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) distinction. The first part of this chapter defines critical pedagogies incorporating the conceptualizations of critical pedagogies pertaining to contributors’ work included in this book. The second part presents the three historical waves of critical pedagogies, concluding that the chapters of this collection are an intellectual bricolage of the ideas and works of the previous critical pedagogues. The last part introduces the three sections of this book: (a) teaching beyond language, (b) dialoguing with teachers, and (c) questioning the critical. This part also includes a succinct description of each chapter of the book.


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  • Mario E. López-Gopar
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  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de OaxacaOaxacaMexico

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