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Is our focus on academic language promoting a colonial mindset?

from By: Erick Herrmann (commentary)

Teachers actively work to dismantle the disadvantages many of our students face. In the case of this article, and English learners in particular, we should address if our focus on academic language is instilling an attitude in our students of the superiority of the dominant language and culture at the expense of their home languages and cultures. Given this, is our focus on academic language promoting a colonial mindset? The short answer to this provocative question is, hopefully not. But it may depend on the way you focus on language and culture in your classroom, and the purpose of learning academic language. more


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