Translating childhoods: Immigrant youth as language and culture brokers

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Monday 6 July 2009
5pm
Room 424, Education Building (A35)

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Associate Professor Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA, will provide an overview of a decade of ethnographic research with the children of immigrants in the United States who use their knowledge of two languages to speak, read, write, listen and do things for their families (Orellana, 2009). Marjorie will detail the transcultural repertoires that children display and develop through this work. She will also report on more recent work aimed at leveraging children’s language brokering experiences toward the development of academic literacies – linking everyday and disciplinary language practices in the Cultural Modeling tradition (Lee, 2007).