Exploring the Grounds for the Study of the Identity of Indigenous English Language Teachers in Colombia

Keywords: Indigenous English language teachers, teacher identities, decolonial thought, cultural diversity, linguistic diversity


This article addresses the invisibilization of the existence of indigenous teachers in the Colombian ELT (English language teaching) field. Their existence, which is admittedly a phenomenon that lacks quantitative saliency, offers opportunities to reflect on the epistemological asymmetries that traditionally have linked the Colombian ELT field to an instrumental mainstream bilingualism, often ignoring the conditions of linguistic and cultural diversity in the country. Besides, there is an exploration of how the study of indigenous teachers’ identities might contribute to the re-signification of pedagogy; this paper elaborates on the idea that scholars in the Colombian ELT have already built some horizons of understanding between the ELT and the diversities and epistemic privileges of Colombian indigeneity. The article is part of an ongoing research on the identities of indigenous teachers in the Colombian ELT being carried out within the Interinstitutional Ph.D. in Education at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá

Author Biography

Carlos Arias-Cepeda, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Colombia

M.A. on Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of English from Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, is a teacher and teacher-educator, working for Institución Universitaria Colombo- Americana –ÚNICA. He is currently studying the Interinstitutional PhD in Education at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. His research interests include identity, ecologies of knowledges, and decolonial studies in ELT.


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How to Cite
Arias-Cepeda, C. (2020). Exploring the Grounds for the Study of the Identity of Indigenous English Language Teachers in Colombia. GIST – Education and Learning Research Journal, 20, 189-214. https://doi.org/10.26817/16925777.713