Nicki Benson is the founder of Esperanza Education. Her most recent contracts with Kwi Awt Stelmexw and the Aboriginal Education branch of the Ministry of Education have focussed on Indigenous language education initiatives in British Columbia. She has recently begun a PhD in Indigenous Language Revitalization at the University of Victoria, and works as a research assistant on the NEȾOLṈEW̱ project. Nicki also continues to facilitate the Spanish for Social Justice Teacher Network which she founded in 2010.
Languages: English, Spanish (and currently learning hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓)
Expertise: Education Research, Education Policy, Curriculum & Program Development, Spanish Language Education, English Language Education, Social Justice Education, Spanish-English Translation.
Language Education Consulting: Nicki has developed and supported language education programs for a wide variety of learners and contexts. She offers consulting services for program planning, curriculum development, community engagement, and organizational support. Her recent projects have focussed on strategic language planning with Indigenous communities working to revitalize and strengthen the use of their languages.
Education Research: Nicki has extensive experience in education research, and has managed large-scale projects involving surveys, interviews, workshops, reports, and presentations with and for a variety of audiences including governments, policy-makers, and community stakeholders. These projects have kept her up-to-date with education issues and innovations globally, and she is always looking for new opportunities to use her analytical skills to support progressive education initiatives.
Spanish-English Translation: Translation from Spanish to English of all kinds of media including written, audio, and video files, with great attention to the context and flow of the original source. Ample experience translating NGO program reports and communications.
Editing and Proofreading: Editing and Proofreading of English documents such as essays, websites, and organizational documents, ensuring that they are clear, coherent, and free of grammatical errors.
Benson, N. (2017). Indigenous language education policy comparison. British Columbia Ministry of Education: Victoria, BC. Pp. 1-34.
Benson, N. (2017). Indigenous language policy development review. British Columbia Ministry of Education: Victoria, BC. Pp. 1-28.
Benson, N. (2016). Comparison of Indigenous language education policies in Canada. British Columbia Ministry of Education: Victoria, BC. Pp. 1-16.
Benson, N. (2015). Review of British Columbia Aboriginal languages curricula. British Columbia Ministry of Education: Victoria, BC. Pp. 1-10.
Benson, N. (2015). “Tikichuela: Math in My School” program: Qualitative report 2014. Innovations for Poverty Action & the Paraguay Ministry of Education and Culture. Asunción, Paraguay: Pp. 1-65.
Benson, N., & Salazar, M.E. (2014). Success factors in intercultural bilingual education. UNICEF Peru & the Peruvian Ministry of Education. Lima, Peru: Pp. 1-184.
Benson, N. (2013). Social justice in the language classroom and beyond. In E.L. Brown, E.V. Dvoretskaya & P.Gibbons (Eds.). International advances in education: global initiatives for equity and social justice. Vol. 7. Communication and language. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing.
Benson, N. (2012, May). Social justice in the language classroom. The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers Magazine: Réflexions 31(2), 17-18.
Benson, N. (2011). Teaching for social justice in the high school Spanish classroom: Perspectives and practices (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/33462
Reclaiming Indigenous languages.
Editors B.C. Monthly Meeting (Vancouver BC, April 2017)
An introduction to education for language revitalization.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Linguistics 3390/ Languages & Cultures 3390 (Surrey BC, March 2017)
Language teaching for social justice: AIM, TPRS, and traditional language programs
Vancouver School Board – Modern Languages Professional Development Conference (Vancouver BC, January 2013)
Creating local, teacher-to-teacher social justice networks
The 5th Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice: Rethinking Our Classrooms, Organizing for Better Schools (Presented with Carina Soderlund. Portland OR, October 2012)
How Spanish teachers are teaching for social justice and you can too
The British Columbia Association of Teachers of Modern Languages Conference: Steps into the Future (Burnaby BC, October 2011)
Social justice in the language classroom
The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers Conference: Languages Without Borders (Montreal PQ, April 2011)
Social justice and language education
Vancouver School Board – Modern Languages Professional Development Conference (Vancouver BC, February 2011)
Towards a framework for social justice in the world language classroom
The University of British Columbia – Investigating Our Practices Conference (Vancouver BC, 2010)