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TE Research Talk: Dr. L. J. Randolph Jr.

February 17, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Dr. L. J. Randolph Jr. Research Talk

The Department of Teacher Education
World Language Search Committee cordially invites you:

“The World Language Classroom as a Critical Space: Realities, Challenges, and Possibilities.”

This talk will examine how intersections of critical and social justice perspectives are transforming and redefining the traditional goals and purposes of language education. The interdisciplinary framework presented seeks to understand how language education is uniquely situated within the broader context of critical research in the education field. Implications for language programs and teacher education programs will be discussed.



L. J. Randolph Jr., Ed.D., is an associate professor of Spanish and Education at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He is also the associate chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures and coordinator of the Foreign Language Teacher Education Program. L.J.’s teaching career has spanned 17 years, including a decade as a Spanish and ESOL teacher at the secondary level. At the university level, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish language, contemporary Latina/o/x cultures, and second language teaching methods. He has also directed study abroad programs in China, Mexico, Spain, and the Dominican Republic for secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students.

L.J.’s research, publications, and professional engagement have focused on a variety of critical issues in language education, including the teaching of Spanish to heritage and native speakers and the incorporation of social justice-oriented pedagogies in the language classroom. He has authored/co-authored several articles and given dozens of scholarly presentations on those topics. In addition, throughout his career he has served in leadership roles in various language organizations, including president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC), president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), coordinator of the Cape Fear Foreign Language Collaborative (CFFLC), board member for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and founding vice-chair of ACTFL’s special interest group for Critical and Social Justice approaches.


February 17, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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