In episode 145, Dr. Stephanie Madison interviews Dr. Nelson Flores, Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Nelson in particular looks at the intersections of language and race in a bilingual education context. In this interview, Nelson describes the harm that racialized students experience as a result of policies and common practices in bilingual education and breaks down some of the historical context for the current state of English language education in the US. He also discusses issues in heritage language education by unpacking some of expectations placed on Latinx heritage speakers in Spanish language classrooms.


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Dr. Nelson Flores received his Ph.D. in urban education from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2012 and is currently an associate professor in educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines the intersection of language, race, and the political economy in shaping U.S. educational policies and practices. He analyzes the historical origins of raciolinguistic ideologies that have framed the language practices of racialized communities as inherently deficient and in need of remediation. He also analyzes the ways that these raciolinguistic ideologies continue to be reproduced within contemporary bilingual education policies and practices.



Dr. Stephanie Madison recently earned her PhD in Literacy, Language, and Culture from Clemson University, and her research interests include issues of language and power, social justice, second language acquisition, and second language literacy. Currently, Stephanie is project manager for Teaching Learning Progression at Clemson University and an adjust Spanish instructor. Over the years, she has taught high school Spanish, adult ESL, elementary EFL in Madrid, and university literacy courses. You can usually find her giving a presentation at a conference such as ACTFL, FLANC, SCFLTA, or SCOLT, as she remains passionate about professional development and teacher support.



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