How do we bring the diversity of cultures of the target language into our classrooms? In this episode, we are talking about how to do just that. Kia D. London, a Spanish teacher in Chicago, speaks with me about how she brings the afro-latino diaspora to her students in the classroom. Kia has lots to share from how she came to understand and appreciate the diversity of cultures to how she provides this experience to her students.
Topics in this Episode:
- Kia’s personal connection to the Spanish Language and Afro-Latino Culture
- Kia’s Cuba trip and what she learned from that experience
- why representation of racial and ethnically diverse content is vital in the language classroom
- why “one-off” lessons around representation of racial and ethnically diverse content are less effective and why should consistency should be the goal
- examples of centering representation and diverse racial and ethnic content from Kia’s classroom and curriculum
- how to do this consistently while also engaging students authentically
- what Kia has personally seen as a result of centering diversity and representation in her classroom and curriculum
Connect with Kia D. London:
- Facebook: Trailblaze Into Language Learning
- Instagram: @clases_de_london, @trailblaze_language
- Twitter:@MaestraLondon, @trailblaze_lang
- Website: trailblazeintolanguagelearning.com, bit.ly/klondon
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