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Can we be Political in the Classroom? Critical Thinking Skills

Come to my talk at the APAC ELT Convention 2019 in Barcelona  on Saturday 2nd February 12.45   - Campus Ciutadella, Universitat Pompeu Fabra -  Aula 40012 -  See my next post for resources shared at the talk “Man is by nature a political animal” said Aristotle. Everyone is political for action or for inaction. How can we bring political issues in the classroom without compromising our position as teachers and educators? We usually encourage our students to participate in class and by that we mean: have a say, do your homework, ask questions. Anyone may participate, but most students often do not, because participation requires training. Participation implies getting involved in the decision-making process and encourages a sense of personal and social responsibility. Those who are not interested or ignore issues are actually political in the sense that they let others choose the course of action and lead the group; in other words, non participants l