Our linguistic and cultural journeys (by Yecid Ortega with Claudio Jaramillo)

Today’s guest blogger, Yecid Ortega, brings us the first episode of his new podcast series, Chasing Encounters. Click on the link below to hear Yecid’s conversation with fellow OISE/UT (University of Toronto) PhD candidate Claudio Jaramillo. Yecid has also provided an abstract and a listening guide.

Chasing Encounters: Episode 1 — Our linguistic and cultural journeys

This conversation between Yecid and Claudio explores their own visions on ideology, capitalism, identity and language in today’s world. As a point of entry, we deploy our ideas based in the concept of investment (Norton, 2013; Peirce, 1995) as a form of identity navigation in our lived experiences as language educators and researchers in different contexts. We identified some key elements of what makes a good educator in today’s post-truth times. First, how tolerating the other is not enough but accepting and understanding is key to human development. Second, we posit that being an expert is not enough because we as teachers need to acknowledge the complexity and intersectionality (Crenshaw, 1991) of our classrooms. And finally, we need the pedagogical, political and disciplinary knowledge in order to address contemporary issues inspired by plurilingual instruction (Galante, 2018). We conclude by hoping society will move from individualistic to more collective ideologies that would support our communities and our future generations.

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Rethinking Integration and Investment through Bridging Individual and Social Discourses (by Mehdi Babaei)

The importance of storytelling and narratives has been brought up several times in various BILD posts. Further inspired by some panel presentations at the recent Metropolis conference in Montreal, I’d like to continue this conversation, though approaching the issue from a different angle. I want to take a step back from the practical implications as discussed in the previous posts and move, perhaps to a more theoretical level, highlighting the two constructs of integration and investment. Continue reading

Investment and the right to speak in the 21st century (by Ron Darvin)

We are thrilled to have this wonderful guest post by Ron Darvin, a PhD candidate and Vanier scholar at the Department of Language and Literacy Education of the University of British Columbia.  His research examines to what extent social class differences shape the digital literacies of adolescent learners. He has published in Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly and Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, and his chapter, “Language and identity in the digital age” will be featured in The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity in 2016.  Continue reading