Making Our Voices Heard: Critical Literacy Through Song

Trudie Aberdeen


Scholars have demonstrated that Freire’s critical pedagogy is an influential and powerful educational philosophy for those working with migrant workers, refugees, and marginalized high school students. The purpose of this article is to show how adult ESL learners who are immigrants to Canada, in addition to these other groups, have benefited from a critical pedagogy approach to learning through participation in a weekly choir, Global Voices, despite the fact that they are not traditionally considered disempowered. The participants’ insights can hopefully inform choir directors, classroom instructors, educational policies, and curricular choices.


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