Decolonizing and Indigenizing Applied Linguistics

One of Concordia University’ future directions is to decolonize and indigenize academia. This initiative comes in response to calls for action suggested by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015).

Members of our lab have been attending workshops with Dr. Donna Goodleaf, a member of the Kanien’kehá:ka nation, in the city of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal.  Among many suggestions, Dr. Goodleaf urged us to include Indigenous knowledges in our curriculum, which can be easily done by revisiting our course reading lists.

In collaboration with many colleagues, we started to compile a number of scholarly articles, books, and chapters written by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people conducting research on Indigenous languages/cultures/pedagogy. This list is available for download here. If you’d like to help us add more sources, send them in APA format to plurilinguallab@gmail.com or enter them in the comments below.

We count on you to help us decolonize Applied Linguistics!

Reference:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015). Truth and reconciliation commission of Canada: Calls to action. Retrieved from http://nctr.ca/assets/reports/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

Welcome to Plurilingual Lab!

This is a website aimed at disseminating knowledge from research conducted in our Lab.

We are based at Concordia University’s Faculty of Education, in the Applied Linguistics program. Our focus is on language pedagogy using a plurilingual approach to teach and learn languages. We are interested in valuing people’s linguistic and cultural repertoires while promoting new language and cultural learning. Whether it is French, English, German, Ojibwe, or Arabic, our focus is to help people learn the target language while validating individual and societal linguistic and cultural diversity.

We are lucky to be based in Montreal, a vibrant multilingual and multicultural city which offers several opportunities to do our research. Our interest goes beyond to include other Canadian provinces and other countries.

While we’re setting up our Lab, we will keep you posted of our research agenda and developments.

Gracias! À bientôt! Stay tuned!