Please join Drs. Shuaneen Pete and Andrea Sterzuk for a workshop titled
“Disrupting Settler English” on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 1:00 – 2:15 pm
in the Atrium of First Nations University of Canada.
Description: As teachers, what we believe about language can influence
how we teach and the types of relationships we establish with students
and their families. Differences in how students speak and write English
(accents, vocabulary, or grammar) can sometimes be seen as something
that gets in the way of literacy development and content knowledge. This
presentation/workshop invites participants to consider the myth of
“standard English,” reject deficit discourses around Indigenous
learners and discusses implications for the transition from high school
to university Englishes.