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This lecture is based on a theoretical framework co-developed by Dr. Flores that explains raciolinguistic ideologies (ideologies about race and linguistics) and how they are used to frame the language practices of racialized communities as inherently deficient. One raciolinguistic category imposed on Latinx students is semilingualism, suggesting students have failed to fully master either English or Spanish. First, Dr. Flores will provide a historical perspective on semilingualism from the Bilingual Education Act to contemporary standards-based reform. He will then offer case studies of three students in a dual language school in a segregated, primarily Latinx community. He will examine the ways teachers working with these students struggle to make sense of this phenomenon, which often ends in teachers resorting to deficit perspectives as an explanation. He will end with implications of these findings for developing new conceptualizations of the language practices of Latinx students that resist raciolinguistic ideologies.
Dr. Nelson Flores is associate professor of educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Education from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His research broadly examines the educational experiences of bilingual students in US schools with attention to issues of race, language, policy, and practice. Dr. Flores was the recipient of the 2017 AERA Bilingual Education SIG Early Career Award, a 2017 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the 2019 James Atlas Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts.
Friday, October 11 at 10:00am to 11:30am
George I. Sanchez Building (SZB), 435
1912 SPEEDWAY , Austin, Texas 78705