Symposium: The Role of Critical Language Policy Analysis in the “Post”- Civil Rights Era

12:25 - 1:55pm

Convention Center, 104B

Presented at: AERA 2014

The proposed panel represents approaches to education research in language policy, with emphasis placed on the role of language rights, particularly in light of recent Supreme Court rulings related to Civil Rights in the United States. In the context of civil rights restrictions, these papers consider the constructive role critical language policy (Tollefson, 2013) continues to play in educational research and policymaking. Ultimately, they show that claims around increasing diversity, as well as ethnic and linguistic equity, are over-embellished and inaccurate.

Discussant: Terrence G. Wiley

Symposium Paper: No Holds Barred on Restricting Language Rights: English-Only in Arizona

This paper illustrates the extent to which educational language rights have been restricted in the state of Arizona. Findings presented in this paper demonstrate the impact of broad-reaching and entrenched policymaking on access to educational equity for language and ethnic minority students.

Presenters include: Sarah Catherine K. Moore

Symposium Paper: Diversity in Language and Experience: Latino Subgroups in the United States

While a large portion of the Latino population in the U.S. may speak Spanish as a native language, there is no one combination of language, educational backgrounds, cultures and countries of origin, and immigration experiences. This paper examines the six major Latino subgroups in the U.S., namely Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American, and South American, as identified by the U.S. Census. Based on a sociohistorical review of these six subgroups, their patterns of immigration, the linguistic characteristics of their countries of origin and communities in the U.S., this paper demonstrates the degree to which diversity has been the norm within the Latino population for decades (Lee McKay & Wong, 2000).

Presenter: Molly Fee