As a tribute to Professor Ofelia García’s visionary thinking on bilingual education, this article relates the reflexive journey of a French academic whose research was profoundly influenced by her scholarly work. The notion of power is the running thread through which four main themes in Ofelia García’s approach to research are discussed in relation to their relevance in the French educational context: The power of imagination, the power of naming, the power of multilingual critical language awareness for teacher education, and the power of translanguaging. In this article, I argue in favor of thinking beyond one’s epistemological borders and illustrate how Ofelia García’s work led to put social justice at the heart of her research agenda, and to understand the need to decolonize our minds in relation to linguistic knowledge.
"Ofelia García: A Visionary Thinker,"
Journal of Multilingual Education Research: Vol. 9, Article 2.
Available at: https://research.library.fordham.edu/jmer/vol9/iss1/2