Social justice, Now !

A Project on Raising Pre-Service English Language Teachers' Awareness
on Social Justice

  • Social Justice, Now! Volume II

    During the introductory seminars that were held in Trabzon, Sivas, Erzurum and Amasya, we met very enthusiastic pre-service teachers and talked about social justice language teaching. Photos are now available!
  • Check out 5th graders performing "Paper bag princess," a play on gender roles. Great work by Necati Sonmez!
  • Deniz Ortactepe is offering a Language Teaching for Social Justice course at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Check out her course webpage:

What is Social Justice ?
Having no discrimination regardless of race, age, gender, sexuality, or economic status. Social justice means that every individual has equal rights. Brought the thought of Animal Farm; everyone is equal, some are more equal. To be able to respond individual differences/needs. Equality, support, rights for each person. Opportunities for everyone not just for the wealthy. Balance between different groups regardless of their race, religion or language. Equality. Happy children. Happy women To be fair to everyone in the society. Being equal to all people without any discrimination There is no violence if there is justice in the society. There is respect. Giving everyone what he or she need according to his or her situation.

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About Us


We live in a world fundamentally rooted in social injustice in terms of race, ethnicity, age, disability, appearance, sexual orientation, and geographic location, to name a few. Educators in all disciplines play an important role in the struggle for social justice, English language teachers being no exception. English language classrooms can serve as a learning space for transformation to engage the youth in conversations related to peace, conflict, environmental issues, and human rights.

While pre-service English teachers should be offered courses that address issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and environmental issues, there are no courses offered in English language teaching (ELT) departments in Turkey at the undergraduate level. Thus, our project aims to offer educational opportunities for pre-service English language teachers to integrate social justice issues in their classes and help eliminate any kind of discrimination and raise social justice and equality at large.


Our project has two overarching purposes. First, it aims to integrate social justice issues in English language teaching curricula in Turkey by educating pre-service teachers across four different universities in Turkey. Second, by enabling these pre-service teachers to run a small-scale social responsibility project in their local environment, our project aims to reduce social injustice and increase equality in socio-economically disadvantages areas in Turkey.

More specifically, we aim to:
- to educate English language teachers who can bring about social justice and reduce inequality
- to develop English language teachers’ social responsibility, critical thinking and consciousness as well as commitment to lifelong learning
- to raise pre-service English language teachers’ reflection on the integration of social justice issues in language classes
- to encourage cooperation among Turkish teachers and between Turkish and American teachers


Deniz Ortactepe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Adnan Yilmaz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Sinop University, Turkey

Eyyup Yaprak

EFL Instructor Karahan Middle School, Turkey

New Contributors

Servet Celik has joined the project team as the coordinator of the Social Justice in ELT: Volume II project.

Servet Celik, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Trabzon University, Turkey