Principles of Critical Language Pedagogy: A literature review

2018 IJRSLL – Volume 7 Issue 2


Piosang, Tristan L.*
National University-Manila, Philippines (


The present article enumerated and discussed some principles of Critical Language Pedagogy (CLP) through literature review. CLP is defined in this paper as an approach to language pedagogy where language teaching is a tool for developing learners who are (1) critically aware of social problems that emanate from oppression and injustice; and, (2) able to argue for solutions and counter-argue, hence triggering critical discourse in the classroom. There are six principles that were derived through literature review. These principles include: (1) Critical language pedagogy is a political process; (2) Critical language pedagogy is student-centered; (3) Critical language pedagogy makes classes as democratic public spheres, (4) Critical language pedagogy is highly dialogical, (5) Critical language pedagogy employs emancipatory authority, and (6) Critical language pedagogy is aimed at social transformation.

Keywords: critical pedagogy; critical language pedagogy; language pedagogy; authority; social transformation



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