The Intersections Between Critical Pedagogy and Public Pedagogy: Hong Kong Students and the Umbrella Movement

  • Christian W. Chun
Part of the International Perspectives on English Language Teaching book series (INPELT)


Chapter  5, by Christian W. Chun, features a classroom lesson in an introductory English course with first-year university Hong Kong students that addresses the cultural dynamics of famous images and advertisements while analyzing the discourses in visual representations. It examines how the students mediated these discourses. The chapter then addresses how many students showed their own critical discourses in action a few months after the lesson through their involvement in the “Umbrella Movement” in September 2014. The chapter’s examination of the intersections between critical pedagogy highlighting language and discourse in society and subsequent protest movements aims to contribute toward an understanding of how such pedagogical approaches and public pedagogy enactments can mutually inform and enrich each other, with implications for English language teaching classrooms the world over.


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  • Christian W. Chun
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  1. 1.University of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA

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