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Racialized Identities in Language Teaching, Learning and Research: Lessons from Black Students’ Study Abroad

November 9 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Presented by Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition Uju Anya, Carnegie Mellon University

Join Professor Uju Anya to discuss her research and her book Racialized Identities in Second Language Learning: Speaking Blackness in Brazil. This critical examination of the African American experience in language learning won the 2019 First Book Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics, in recognition of outstanding work that makes an exceptional contribution to the field.

Based on ideas from the book, Anya will describe how learning transforms our identities by changing how we think, what we can do and our future possibilities in becoming. She will share case studies of African Americans during Portuguese language learning study abroad in Brazil. She will address how students from minoritized groups can meaningfully participate and succeed in college language programs.

From these lessons learned by examining Black experiences in multilingualism, Professor Anya will discuss how a multilingual approach, for example translanguaging and plurilingual practice, can be used for effective language pedagogy.

Dr. Uju Anya

Professor Anya’s primary fields of inquiry are applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and critical discourse studies examining race, gender, sexual and social class identities in new language learning through the multilingual journeys of African American students.

This no-cost event is generously supported by the Casto Interprofessional Education Fund, as well as the Buckeye Language Education Resource Center and the Department of Teaching and Learning, all of the College of Education and Human Ecology. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Latin American Studies, both in the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State.

Event Location
3020-C Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43210
Visitor parking available in Ohio Union South Garage next door at 1759 N. High St. or extra space in Ohio Union Garage North next to it.

No need for preregistration.


November 9
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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3020-C Ohio Union
1739 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43210 United States
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