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Decolonizing Literacy and English Practices in Mexico
Mario E. López-Gopar, Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca

Historically, Mexico has been a multilingual society with (trans)multimodal-lingual literacy practices in place prior to and during the Spanish conquest (Hawkins, 2018; López-Gopar, 2007). Since the beginning of the 20th century, however, Eurocentric and alphabetic literacy practices in Spanish have prevailed (Hernández-Zamora, 2009). More recently, following this Eurocentric influence, the language classroom in Mexico has become synonymous with the “English” classroom with a neoliberal agenda (Sayer, 2015), a disconnection from social issues, and the exclusion of both Spanish and Indigenous languages (López-Gopar et al., 2020). Consequently, prevalent discourses of ‘literacy’ and ‘English’ in connection with information and communication technologies (ICT), which link these concepts to social progress and development, are part of coloniality, the darker side of modernity (Mignolo, 2000).
Within such context and in order to counteract the aforementioned discourses, the purpose of this presentation is two-fold: (1) to present examples of (trans)multimodal-lingual literacy texts created prior to and during the onset of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and (2) to showcase (trans)multimodal-lingual identity texts co-created by future language teachers in collaboration with children from Oaxaca, Mexico.

This lecture is a part of the lecture series on Critical Approaches to Language Studies sponsored by the Second Language Acquisition Doctoral Program and the Language Institute, with funding from the Anonymous Fund. The series also includes talks by Sara P. Alvarez, Queens College, City University of New York (March 10) and Jonathan Rosa, Stanford University (April 6.) The three lectures are followed by a panel discussion with all speakers on May 4.
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Apr 27, 2021 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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