Decolonizing our Language Classrooms First Steps in the Process

Education is a political act. We are either for the status quo or against it. What are we doing as world language educators to disrupt practices that perpetuate inequalities? How can we make our language classes more inclusive while respecting interculturality?

In this workshop we will talk about what decolonization means and what it might look like in our language classrooms. We will talk about history, colonization, contemporary forms of colonization, and ways to begin a process of decolonization in our language classes.

Target Audience

K-12

Sessions

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room C203
Sullivan Heights Secondary School

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Presenter

  • Semiahmoo Secondary
    Adriana Ramirez

    Adriana Ramírez is a Spanish teacher, author and teacher trainer. She teaches all levels of Spanish, from beginners to IB students, using comprehensible input methodologies. She is constantly coaching other teachers and presenting workshops in Canada, the US and Europe. She also holds a double major in Psychology, a degree in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Education. She has a big passion for sharing with the world the beauty of her country and her people, and you can see this love through all her published novels. A big advocate of the #OwnVoices movement, Adriana strongly believes that those who come from traditionally oppressed and colonized countries and territories, must reclaim their right to tell their own stories and build their own narratives. Originally from Colombia, she actively works on recuperating the stories and the narrative that are part of her roots and her heritage. You can find her on Instagram at @veganadri