Critical Race Pedagogy for Antiracist, Equity-minded, and Inclusive World Language Teaching

A workshop for UW-Madison language educators

Dr. Uju Anya

Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University

1:00-4:00 pm, Friday, October 28
1418 Van Hise Hall

Registration for this workshop for UW-Madison language educators is on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the workshop

This workshop will be realized in two parts. In the first, participants will examine research on experiences of Black and other minoritized students in world language classrooms. They will discuss anti-Black racism and inequity in access, treatment, representation, and experiences in classes, texts, and teaching materials, and they will learn how the theoretical framework of critical race theory (CRT) facilitates a clearer understanding of these problems. In the second part, attendees will be asked to consider how different groups of minoritized students can authentically and effectively participate in language learning and how we can contribute to their success. They will be introduced to a CRT-informed protocol to examine instructional materials (e.g., lesson plans, textbooks, online learning platforms) they bring to the presentation and make proposals for immediate-, short-, and long-term change. Participants will also learn how to enact a critical race pedagogy for language teaching (CRPWLT) to promote antiracist, equity-minded, and inclusive practices that help Black and other minoritized students succeed in world language studies.

About the facilitator

Dr. Uju Anya is a scholar of language learning and Black experiences in multilingualism. An associate professor of second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University, her primary fields of inquiry are applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and critical discourse studies examining race, gender, sexual, and social class identities in new language learning through the multilingual journeys of African American students.

Sponsors: Language Institute, with the Departments of African Cultural Studies; French and Italian; and Spanish and Portuguese; Language Sciences; the Second Language Acquisition PhD Program, and the Anonymous Fund.

Contact: Dianna Murphy

The UW-Madison Language Institute is committed to inclusive and accessible programming. To request an accommodation for this event, please contact Language Institute associate director Jana Martin three business days in advance.