After yesterday's rollercoaster of emotions and learning opportunities, -and inspired by @JoseMedinaJr89 and @GEscobedo2013 I've decided to further a bit more some ideas and suggestions as to how to incorporate more #immigrant narratives in WL classes. Here's a
I've mentioned yesterday how important it is for constantly checking our privileges before entering these conversations with our Ss. It is a powerful exercise that allows everyone in your classroom to have a voice, and to feel like they can be honored and validated
Then, with concrete examples, begin the conversations about #intersectionality, #interculturality, and provide with scenarios where students can begin to critically observe these aspects, here is one example, what do you notice? What do you wonder? https://tinyurl.com/y595kzk4
Here is another one: picture for a moment what it means to be at the intersection of being an #immigrant, #latinx, #nonbinary, and constantly having to battle rejection and discrimination both with your #latino families and your English speaking circle:
Imagine, for a minute, what it means to be an #immigrant, #trans, #undocumented, and to have your story not being amplified by major news outlets and media: (start watching at minute 12:50 to 14:45) https://tinyurl.com/y35h5djz
Or, if you are showing culture to your Ss, and you're talking about, say, for example, Chile , imagine yourself sharing a story of the intersection of being a woman, refugee, and Muslim, constantly codeswitching in Arabic and Español, and: https://tinyurl.com/y4e4on74
Like I've mentioned in the webinar yesterday: the fact that is not happening to YOU does not mean it isn't happening, and the question remains: what are we doing, as WL educators, with our privilege, power, and reach to incorporate these #immigrant narratives in our curriculum?
Pandemic or not, IMO, it is critical that we continue to find opportunities to have these conversations. After all, our Ss will be taking note of our actions or inactions, our interest, or apathy.
I get how complicated this can be, and I acknowledge the privileged workplace that allows me to take risks. It's an invitation. It's not a "you should do this or that" because I could be wrong on my approach, and if any of you wish to give me feedback, I'm ready for it.
It is time we start challenging the narratives of teaching a WL beyond the touristy and foreign approach. Take a look at what my colleague and friend @doriecp shared not too long ago. What do you notice? What do you wonder?
So, there you have it, I probably went for a bit too long, but if you made up to this part. Gracias por tomarte el tiempo. Don't be afraid to start echando desmadre donde lo tengas que echar. Ámonos, ojalá que tengan un fin de semana lleno de reflexiones. A seguirle macheteando.