Open Access Honors Program Thesis
When one seeks to learn another language, they have the opportunity to not only acquire a new form of communication but also invest and participate in a rich culture. Unfortunately, in many of today’s world language classrooms, learning about target cultures, or the cultures of the peoples who speak the language to be acquired, is treated as being of lesser importance than acquiring new structures and vocabulary. What is more, it is especially rare that students are invited to bring their own cultures and identities into the classroom conversation. In today’s climate, it is vital that students have a safe space in schools and universities where they can express and examine their identities while also learning to be open and receptive to identities that are different from their own. The world language classroom can, and perhaps should, serve as one platform for these types of personal inquiry.
Date of Award
Department of Languages and Literatures
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2018 Elizabeth Bair
Bair, Elizabeth, "Imágenes de identidad: Student expressions of identity and culture in the college Spanish classroom" (2018). Honors Program Theses. 309.