What is Queering and Why Should We All Do It?

Queering the English Language Classroom - A Practical Guide for Teachers - Joshua M. Paiz

Joshua M. Paiz [+-]
George Washington University
Joshua M. Paiz is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the English for Academic Purposes Program at George Washington University

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Chapter one provides a practitioner-friendly introduction to queer theory in the fields of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and applied linguistics. It then establishes the need to queer the English language classroom in a way that creates an educational space that is inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students. This chapter concludes by operationalizing the term ‘queer’ as a verb. This definitional work is geared towards providing educators with a tool-for-thought to queer their practice by creating classroom spaces that engage with dominant social discourses in such a way that the discursive construction of all identities is made salient for students. Moreover, this work allows educators to help students problematize and resist these discourses by making space for non-heteronormative sexual identities (viz., queer inquiry).

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Paiz, Joshua. What is Queering and Why Should We All Do It?. Queering the English Language Classroom - A Practical Guide for Teachers. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781797945. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36309. Date accessed: 21 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36309. Oct 2020

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