Tuesday, March 19, 2024 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
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Dr. Cervantes-Soon will discuss the necessity to center a vision of critical solidarity in dual-language bilingual education (DLBE). Two-way immersion programs, a model of DLBE, integrate English-dominant students and speakers of a partner language in the same classroom with the goals of bilingualism and biliteracy, high academic achievement, and the development of sociocultural competence through content-based bilingual immersion. Due to the claimed benefits for all students, including the potential to promote equity, DLBE programs’ popularity has quickly become widespread. Unfortunately, research has made it increasingly clear that not all students in these programs reap the same benefits due to issues of racial, linguistic, and class inequalities found across educational contexts, ultimately leading to the reproduction of social injustices. Dr. Cervantes-Soon will build on her work on critical consciousness as the foundation for DLBE to argue that in order to build programs that are truly transformative, a vision of critical solidarity, rather than simply language, academic, and cross-cultural goals should serve as the visionary framework for DLBE.
Sponsored by The Department of Modern and Classical Languages.