Celebrations and Hurdles: Critical Pedagogy in the Language Classroom - An Interview with Professor Ryuko Kubota

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Colleen Dalton

Greetings! For this issue, we are excited to share with you an interview with Professor Ryuko Kubota. Born and raised in Nagano, Professor Kubota taught English in junior and senior high schools in Japan before deciding to continue her studies abroad. She earned an MAT in TESOL from the School for International Training in Vermont and a Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She has taught at universities in both the United States and Canada. Since 2009, she has been a professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Professor Kubota regularly presents at international conferences and has published widely on topics related to second language education and critical pedagogy. She recently spoke with Colleen Dalton, a 20-year teaching veteran who is currently a Senior Assistant Professor at Shinshu University in the School of General Education. Colleen teaches Academic English and English education courses. Her research interests include critical pedagogy and L2 writing instruction. So without further ado, on to the interview!