Teaching Multi-Lingual Learners with Fairy Tales Challenges to Effectively Utilizing Diversity in Practice in the Classroom (74115)

Session Information: Learning Experience, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Anna Catalan

Thursday, 21 September 2023 10:45
Session: Session 1
Room: Nova Icaria
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

At what cost should educators integrate traditional curriculum materials that support a Eurocentric view and perspective to increase English language learning competency for multi-lingual learners? Traditional fairy tales are accessible and translated through movies and television programs into different languages across the globe and thus become an easy way to connect and teach multi-lingual learners. However conventional fairy tales create other issues and challenges in terms of the hidden societal messages /agendas that are conveyed with the use of stereotypical representation and expectations, even within different cultural versions of the same fairy tale.

The different perspectives shaped by the intersectionality of student identities are invaluable assets for learning. In policies related to improving diversity in practice educators open spaces for greater representation of diverse/minoritized groups by reinforcing the value and benefits of multiple contributions. The inherent complexities and multiplicities of identities within our community, must be reflected and valued.

We will explore the educational/cultural impact of using fairy tales with multi-lingual learners, examining the way children may learn to view, internalize, and understand the world and their place. Tensions that exist with integrating diverse forms of representation to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in the curriculum along with the dynamics of power and privilege that impact how diverse groups are often represented are examined with emphasis on the problematic nature of how diversity in practice may reinforce traditional tropes or identity and representation.

This presentation is sponsored by EEIC Foundation - Up Lift California Grant.

Anna Catalan, California State University, Bakersfield, United States
Tamarah Williams, California State University, Bakersfield, United States
Elaine Correa, California State University, Bakersfield, United States

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00