Episode 93 | Multilingual Speakers in the U.S. w/ Lorena Germán

Season #2

In this episode of Our Classroom we're diving into a critical conversation about multilingual speakers in the U.S. education system. Lorena is back as a guest. We explore the complex landscape of bilingual education, the civil rights associated with language learning, and the contentious issue of standardized testing. Together, we will unpack our personal struggles with standardized tests, despite successful educational paths, and question the fairness and effectiveness of such tests, especially for newcomers and multilingual learners. We'll also look at alternative assessment models—from other countries like Finland—that might provide more equitable educational outcomes. So, stay with us as we discuss the necessity for a diversified approach to education in a society where language proficiency deeply influences learning experiences and personal growth.


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