Jennifer Leeman (PhD, Georgetown University) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
Engaging Critical Pedagogy: Spanish for Native Speakers
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2005 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 35–45, March 2005
How to Cite
Leeman, J. (2005), Engaging Critical Pedagogy: Spanish for Native Speakers. Foreign Language Annals, 38: 35–45. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2005.tb02451.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract: This article addresses Spanish for native speakers (SNS) instruction from the perspective of critical pedagogy, including the critical examination of dominant educational paradigms as well as the proposal of alternative models. Emphasizing the inherently political nature of education and the role of language in the production of knowledge, culture, and identities, the author analyzes current models of SNS and argues that appropriateness-based models designed to promote expansion of students' linguistic repertoires may reinforce dominant sociolinguistic hierarchies and deny student agency. An emerging critical approach is considered, and a proposal that emphasizes the political—as well as the formal and social—aspects of language, and the promotion of student agency is presented. Specific suggestions for the implementation of the proposed approach are provided.