Language in Education: A Return to Critical Bi(Multi)lingual Education

Date: 
12:00 pm, Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Location: 
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Speaker and Affiliation: 

Mariana Pacheco, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

This paper will address how issues of language in education are deeply embedded in
particular social, cultural, political, and historical contexts and that the
quest for bilingualism and biliteracy in schools has its roots in struggles for
equity and social justice in language minority communities. Yet, given current
reform efforts aimed at standardization and high-stakes assessment, I argue
that new discourses around academic language and English-only have further
narrowed the ways in which language policy, programs, and practices could
significantly transform the academic and life chances of language minority
children and youth in particular. Drawing on empirical research, I demonstrate
how in-school and out-of-school practices in bi(multi)lingual contexts provide insights
into how and why language in education approaches could advance equity and
social justice for language minority children and youth by promoting critical
bi(multi)lingual education.

Contact: 

Dianna Murphy, 608-262-1473

Sponsor(s): 

Language Institute, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition.

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