Consumerism and Teaching French

Here is a 15 minute podcast I recently did on serving God as a French teacher.

Language expert David Smith has argued compellingly that the dominant way of teaching modern foreign languages (MFL) is shaped by consumerist and materialist narratives. The focus is upon autonomous individuals buying ice creams, making complaints about hotels and busy in the many acts of (self-centred) tourism and consumption! ‘I want an ice cream’. ‘I want to make a complaint about the minibar’.‘I want a cold beer now’. French teachers can challenge this consumerist mindset by telling stories about people who are busy loving their neighbours.


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