HomeThe Asia-Pacific Education Researchervol. 21 no. 2 (2012)

Actualizing Critical English Language Teaching: A Classroom Experience in the Philippines

Paolo Nino Valdez

Discipline: Education, Social Science



This brief research report presents findings from an investigation conducted in an academic writing class for college students in a tertiary institution in the Philippines. It first describes the role of academic writing in the site of investigation and proceeds with a description of actualizing principles of critical pedagogy in the classroom. Through the use of meaningful texts and tasks that sensitizes the learners’ awareness on the use of language to counter existing discourses of dominance, this research posits that adopting critical pedagogy in the ELT classroom can help students problematize issues imparted by texts as it applies to the wider context of society.