Mokpo National University
Jocelyn Wright, Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Mokpo National University, is actively involved in KOTESOL as a regional coordinator of the Reflective Practice Special Interest Group (SIG) and national coordinator of the Social Justice (Critical Educators in Korea) SIG. These activities align with her main interests.
Reflective practice can be valuable for improving our work and can take on many forms. While reflection-in-action may be a bit taxing, reflection-on-action might be more cathartic, especially if it involves a little play. That’s where figures of speech come in. These stylistic ways of using language involve creative expression and meaning-making that can be fun to reflect on practice! Thus, after briefly reviewing figures of speech and defining a select few, participants in this interactive workshop will whip up their own batch of examples related to their teaching, learning, and/or research to share and contemplate together. It is hoped that this exchange will also lead to reflection-for-action.
KOTESOL members come from diverse backgrounds and identities with varied concerns and interests. This panel is meant to explore the successes and challenges our members experience based on that diversity, as well as how KOTESOL hopes to improve in the future. In turn, KOTESOL Special Interest Groups [SIGs] under the social justice umbrella will offer insights, followed by discussions of related questions in breakout rooms, to which all participants are invited. Representation and Diversity in KOTESOL Membership [KOTESOL Social Justice SIG] Jocelyn Wright: Being ‘researching associations’ is becoming a bit of a trend these days among language teaching associations. From the social justice perspective, an interesting theme to explore within an organization is the issue of representation and diversity of membership. What is it we actually know about our members? What might we guess based on available data? What do we not know? To understand representation and diversity within KOTESOL, answering these questions is a good starting point for further reflection and action. Bolstering Women and Gender Equity [KOTESOL Women and Gender Equality SIG] Rhea Metituk & Anika Casem: Gender equity issues affect our students, and teachers in Korea, as well as the society we are immersed in. As global citizens and as teachers in Korea, what strategies can be applied to address these issues? This presentation will review steps taken by the group initiatives, as well as shed light on areas needing attention and a call to action. Increasing Diverse Voices Within KOTESOL [KOTESOL People of Color SIG] Kara Waggoner & Anika Casem: While we might not know the exact numbers, the number of diverse members within KOTESOL seems to be decreasing in recent years. This is at a disservice to us as an organization because we are missing out on their unique perspectives and the experiences they bring. This part of the panel discussion will look at ways we can make teachers of color feel welcome and invited into KOTESOL. Covid and the Climate: Unequal effects, similar opportunities [KOTESOL Environmental Justice SIG] Julian Warmington & Rhea Metituk: We will review what the Environmental Justice group has achieved so far, preview current plans going forward, and discuss how the Covid 19 era has altered both. We will also discuss why the pandemic era is crucially important for us all as citizens of the global village. We will end with a talk about roles and openness to change and input from all.