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American Council On The Teaching Of Foreign Languages-Heritage Language Sig Newsletter, Theresa Y. Austin, Yvonne Farino, Joy Payton Aug 2015

American Council On The Teaching Of Foreign Languages-Heritage Language Sig Newsletter, Theresa Y. Austin, Yvonne Farino, Joy Payton

Theresa Y. Austin

An Official Newsletter of ACTFL - August 2015


Revisiting Collaborative Boundaries-Pioneering Change In Perspectives And Relations Of Power, Francis Bangou, Theresa Y. Austin Jan 2011

Revisiting Collaborative Boundaries-Pioneering Change In Perspectives And Relations Of Power, Francis Bangou, Theresa Y. Austin

Theresa Y. Austin

In this article, we examine collaboration as a situated practice that defies a prescriptive definition mainly located in the interpersonal relations of professionals. We argue that collaboration does not merely depend upon “good” will or professionalism, rather interacts complexly with racial expectations that have been cultivated in institutions where racism is manifested in subtle ways. We use Critical Race Theory (Ladson-Billings & Tate, 1995) to examine how we as 2 different pairs of teacher educators in innovative programs in different sites faced racial tensions through our co-teaching experiences. Each racially diverse pair consisted of a more senior faculty member and an ...


Responding To “Innocent” Racism: Educating Teachers In Politically Reflexive And Dialogic Engagement In Local Communities, Fatima Pirbhai-Illich, Theresa Y. Austin, Patricia Paugh, Yvonne Farino Jan 2011

Responding To “Innocent” Racism: Educating Teachers In Politically Reflexive And Dialogic Engagement In Local Communities, Fatima Pirbhai-Illich, Theresa Y. Austin, Patricia Paugh, Yvonne Farino

Theresa Y. Austin

This article develops the construct of ―innocent racism‖ and argues for keeping questions of race central in teacher education. The authors report three cases in which they, teacher educators working within a school/university alliance, identified and addressed racism in their courses. We situate our analyses within antiracist research informed by Critical Race Theory (CRT) where the teacher education students and ourselves struggled to recognize and address racism. Critical episodes are reflectively analyzed to challenge both teacher educators‘ and teachers‘ beliefs. We demonstrate how race still matters because of the ways in which it intersects with our practices. Examples of ...


Conflicting Discourses In Language Teacher Education: Reclaiming Voice In The Struggle, Theresa Y. Austin Jan 2009

Conflicting Discourses In Language Teacher Education: Reclaiming Voice In The Struggle, Theresa Y. Austin

Theresa Y. Austin

According to the national study conducted by Cochran-Smith & Fries (2005), the majority of teacher candidates in the U.S. are White middle-class women. While those from the U.S. who become TESOL teachers are also primarily White middle-class women, given the global demand for English, there is also a sizable number of TESOL teachers from international backgrounds (Braine, 1999; Lurda, 2005). As the current population entering the profession of language-teacher education is now beginning to differ from those in the past because of this international component, this seems to be a particularly significant moment to examine what discourses are currently operational that influence the direction and substance of teacher education programs where this notion of "civic culture voice" is encouraged. With this aim, the author uses her own experiences as a multilingual teacher educator of dual racial heritage to illustrate how the contemporary period has produced three areas of contradiction and ...


Collaborative Action Research: Building Authentic Literate Practices Into A Foreign Language Program, Theresa Y. Austin, Mark Blum Jan 2009

Collaborative Action Research: Building Authentic Literate Practices Into A Foreign Language Program, Theresa Y. Austin, Mark Blum

Theresa Y. Austin

Two university professors collaborate to carry out an action research project on literacy in a world language program. This article reports on their negotiations to define literacy, how they adapt the use of texts to the cultural backgrounds and interests of their learners and integrate native speakers in a community that builds various understanding of texts through discussion. Our collaborative process provides one example of how action research can systematically inform teaching and learning to build authentic literacy practices in a second or foreign language program.


Learning Through Diversity About Diversity, Theresa Y. Austin Jan 2007

Learning Through Diversity About Diversity, Theresa Y. Austin

Theresa Y. Austin

This article will illustrate how teachers and a teacher educator design innovative programs for world language instruction using principles from sociocultural theory, postcolonial theory, and critical theory. During the course of their planning and reflections, they address issues of diversity in the U.S. and in the world as a significant factor in instructional practice. Their dialogue demonstrates that diversity cannot be framed by outmoded thinking that equates the term with realities faced by and an issue confined to “minorities.” Rather, in this chapter, our conversation introduces specific examples of how teachers can design curricula that prepare all learners to ...