On Viewing Learners as Spiritual Beings

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  • Published: February 1, 2009
  • Page count: 7
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Abstract: This article, first presented as a plenary address at the CELT 2007 conference at Seattle Pacific University, explores the implications of challenging reductive understandings of learners in language classrooms and working instead with a conception of the learner as a spiritual being. Some reasons why it has been difficult to frame a place for spirituality in accounts of the language learner are described, and an example is examined of an attempt to design a sequence of classroom learning in the light of a concern for students’ spiritual growth.


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