“Molón De Idiomas” Language Swag in the Foreign Language Classroom | Kami Anderson | TEDxDayton

Who remembers taking foreign language classes in high school and college? Kami tells of an experience that she had in school that has shaped the way she now teaches Spanish to Black students. She describes “language swag” as a way to connect her students to the language by showing them that people in Spanish-speaking countries not only look like them, but also use slang and a "home voice" the way their family and friends do.

Dr. Kami Anderson is an interculturalist, scholar and language advocate. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Anderson has always kept a tight grip on her passion and compassion for others and difference through language. Her primary focus is family empowerment through language with an emphasis on application and confidence. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Spelman College, a Master’s degree in International Affairs/Interdisciplinary Studies in International Communication and Anthropology from American University, and a PhD in Communication and Culture from Howard University.

Dr. Kami Anderson is the founder and CEO of Bilingual Brown Babies and creator of a revolutionary online program that meets Black families where they are in their journey to bilingualism. She’s a passionate life-long teacher and the go-to girl when it comes to language, Blackness, and identity.
Dr. Kami Anderson has published extensively in both English and Spanish in scholarly and trade journals as well as in national US news publications. She has contributed articles to several edited volumes including Womanist Ethical Rhetoric: A call for liberation and social justice in turbulent times (2021, Lexington Books), Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing strength & vulnerability (2017, SUNY Press), and Still Searching for Our Mothers’ Gardens: Experiences of new, tenure-track women of color at ‘majority’ institutions (2011, University Press of America). In addition to these contributions, Dr. Anderson has written several of her own books including From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace (2019, Berrett-Koehler Publishers), co-authored with Dr. Joy Wiggins, Raising Bilingual Brown Babies: Everyday strategies to become a confident bilingual family (2018, KDP Publishing) and Language, Identity and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society (2015, Lexington Books) which talks about her own experiences raising her children bilingual.

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