Negotiating gender and sexual diversity in English language teaching: 'critical'-oriented educational materials designed by pre-service English teachers at a South African university

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Chapter 7, by Navan N. Govender, considers how the author used a critical literacy course in a South African university to engage Bachelor of Education students in issues related to sex, gender, sexuality, and the conflations inherent. It further argues that confronting controversial topics in the classroom requires that both teachers and learners enter risky spaces in order to deconstruct, disrupt, and reconstruct relations of power in context. The pre-service English teachers were required to produce educational materials that used critical literacy to teach about gender and sexual diversity. The author begins by discussing what it means to do critical literacy before analysing the materials. His analysis unpacks the kinds of risks students were prepared to take and the slippery landscapes that come with confronting real and uncomfortable conversations, identities, and ideologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Perspectives on Critical Pedagogies in ELT
EditorsMario E. López-Gopar
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783319956206
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Nov 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on English Language Teaching
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • critical literacy
  • critical pedagogies
  • teacher education
  • gender and sexuality
  • Queer critical literacies

    Govender, N. & Andrews, G., 8 Sep 2021, The Handbook of Critical Literacies. Pandya, J. Z., Mora, R. A., Alford, J. H., Golden, N. A. & de Roock, R. S. (eds.). New York, p. 82-93 12 p.

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