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It’s Not in the Curriculum: Adult English Language Teachers and LGBQ Topics

It’s Not in the Curriculum: Adult English Language Teachers and LGBQ Topics For adult English language learners, the English language classroom provides a space for students to examine cultural as well other identities. However, discussions often center on racial, rather than sexual identities. In addition, attention to how adult English language instructors engage in classroom practices that focus on sexual identities is often limited. This article examines how adult educators in English language classrooms feel regarding the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer (LGBQ) topics and materials into their curriculum and instruction. Through a web-based survey, teachers described their beliefs, practices, and challenges in creating lessons and responding to student questions in ways that broke down heteronormativity in the adult English language classroom. Findings add to the limited knowledge of how teachers in post-secondary, English language classrooms create and support a culturally responsive learning environment regarding sexual identities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Adult Learning SAGE

It’s Not in the Curriculum: Adult English Language Teachers and LGBQ Topics

Adult Learning , Volume 28 (3): 8 – Aug 1, 2017

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SAGE
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© 2017 The Author(s)
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1045-1595
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2162-4070
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10.1177/1045159517712483
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Abstract

For adult English language learners, the English language classroom provides a space for students to examine cultural as well other identities. However, discussions often center on racial, rather than sexual identities. In addition, attention to how adult English language instructors engage in classroom practices that focus on sexual identities is often limited. This article examines how adult educators in English language classrooms feel regarding the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer (LGBQ) topics and materials into their curriculum and instruction. Through a web-based survey, teachers described their beliefs, practices, and challenges in creating lessons and responding to student questions in ways that broke down heteronormativity in the adult English language classroom. Findings add to the limited knowledge of how teachers in post-secondary, English language classrooms create and support a culturally responsive learning environment regarding sexual identities.

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Adult LearningSAGE

Published: Aug 1, 2017

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