Trying to Fit a Square Peg into a Round Hole

Being Indian American in the USA


  • Roseanne Vallice Levy Mercy University


Bilingual learner, translanguaging, raciolinguistic ideology, student identity


The author shares her journey as an Indian American within the U.S. education system, weaving personal experiences using Krashen's Affective Filter Hypothesis. From early linguistic challenges to transformative moments in higher education and as a secondary teacher, the author reflects on the impact of educational environments on identity and language development. Her narrative resonates with Krashen's principles and emphasizes the importance of translanguaging and how raciolinguistic ideology impacted her early schooling years.

This narrative serves as a testament to the enduring interplay between emotions and learning, showcasing the universal significance of fostering supportive environments for language acquisition and personal growth within the realm of education. The author highlights the importance of inclusive education, culturally responsive pedagogy, and recognizing student identity within the classroom setting.