“How do they celebrate Three Kings’ Day in Mexico?” I once observed a teacher ask one of her Dual Language students. The question seemed innocent enough. She was trying to build sociocultural competence in her classroom by being inclusive of all her students as the upcoming holiday approached. However, the student felt uncomfortable. While his…Keep reading
The Status of English I stayed at home with my daughter for the first five years of her life, largely because I wanted to ensure that she would speak our mother tongue, Tamil. I feared that sending her to daycare would introduce her to English way too early. Nevertheless, once she started school, even when…Keep reading
Building Relationships With all else that plagues us as we begin the third school year impacted by Covid-19, it can be easy to forget that at the start of every school year, our focus should be on building relationships with our students. One of the greatest ways to build those relationships with students is by…Keep reading
The Microaggression A former colleague of mine called me the other day to let me know how her supervisor had ridiculed her for still living with her parents in her late 20’s. The supervisor talked about how when she had been younger, she couldn’t wait to become an adult and be able to leave her…Keep reading
Words Matter As Dual Language educators, our lives revolve around the theme of words and languages. We teach students the fundamentals of pragmatics, how to respect regionalisms within languages, and how to distinguish among nuances. We know that words matter and that they must be carefully and intentionally chosen for effective communication. But how often…Keep reading
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