Creativity in Decolonising Language Teaching Dr Marián Arribas-Tomé

Thursday 13 May 2021, 3pm - 4pm

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Teaching Spanish can and should rely far less on textbooks and more on teachers creating their own fit-to-purpose and tailored resources.

This would facilitate a better representation of less-visible communities and issues, and rapid educational responses in the form of content-creation that teaches language at the same time that teaches about issues that matter to students and society.

Anti-racist and diversity-supportive pedagogies require an inclusive, creative and flexible mindset and a wide-ranging collection of regularly updated material. Language teaching should be adaptative in capturing day-to-day social, political, scientific and environmental rapid-changing discussions and events and go beyond conventional boundaries.

This presentation will be addressing the intersection of pedagogy and activism.

Marián is a lecturer in Translation Studies, Language and Politics and Spanish at the University of East Anglia. Also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013, a HUM Digital Champion and an official examiner for the Instituto Cervantes. Her work for 6 British universities has taken her to Glasgow, London and Norwich. She has been developing projects that support diversity and inclusion, including the websites Spanish Bytes and Lingua Bytes.