Redesigning GE Language: Promoting Racial Consciousness in Beginning Spanish

Paula Cronovich (Point Loma Nazarene University, USA) and Jacqueline Mitchell (Point Loma Nazarene University, USA)
Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 40
EISBN13: 9781668449219|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8463-7.ch002
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This case study delineates changes enacted in the cultural program for beginning-level Spanish language students at a private, faith-based university. Given the restrictions of the pandemic insofar as virtual teaching and learning, as well as the national and international context of racial strife and inequities, the instructors took the opportunity to utilize antiracist pedagogy in order to reach the goals of meaningful content and measurable student outcomes. One of the General Education learning outcomes demonstrates how well students understand the “complex issues faced by diverse groups in global and/or cross-cultural contexts.” Within the context of Latin America and the Latina/Latino experience in the United States, the assignments focus on the intersections of race and gender as they relate to cultural expressions, ensuring that the approach does not obfuscate contributions nor realities of people of color.
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