The Politics of Multilingualism in Schools

The United States is multilingual. Since before colonization, many Indigenous languages circulated as well as the languages of the colonizers and the languages brought by enslaved Africans. Today, there is incredible linguistic fluidity and diversity across the country. However, linguistic pluralism in schools has traditionally only been extended to the elite, making language a battleground for anti-Immigration, anti-Indigeneity, and anti-Blackness. In this course, students will unpack the linguistic ideologies that have been operationalized in schools and what these have meant for the experiences of multilingual learners. Students will learn about the history of multilingualism in schools, its current political landscape, and how grassroots efforts have imagined and pushed for linguistic justice.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 22

Prerequisites: One education core course - EDUC 214, EDUC 215 or EDUC 216.

Instructor: D'Andrea Martínez

Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall