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Wednesday, September 19, 2012


"TRANSNATIONAL YOUTH IN OAXACA:Linguistic and Educational Explorations," is being presented by Kim Potowski, Univ. of Illinois on Wednesday, September 26 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.in Folwell Hall 121.

Transnational Youth in Oaxaca:
Linguistic and Educational Explorations
Lecture by Kim Potowski, Univ. of Illinois
Wednesday, September 26
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Folwell Hall 121
For more than twenty years, researchers have been documenting the experiences of people who move from one country to another and build transnational links. Despite this being a particularly frequent phenomenon between Mexico and the United States, relatively little has been published about the linguistic and educational experiences of transnational youth - those raised in the U.S. whose families have returned to Mexico and who find themselves integrating into Mexican schools.
In this presentation, Dr.Potowski will offer a preliminary analyses of interviews carried out in both Spanish and English with 20 transnational students currently living in Oaxaca de Ju√°rez, focusing on their classroom and social experiences. Initial observations will also be offered about their Spanish and English proficiency, as well as how their linguistic proficiency in both languages relates to their sense of identity as transnational subjects.
KimPotowski is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics at The University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Spanish for Heritage Speakers program. She is the executive editor of the journalin Context and co-editor of the Heritage Language Journal. She spent the 2011-2012 academic year in Oaxaca, Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar conducting research on "transnational" youth. She is currently completing two books about Spanish in Chicago spoken by Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and "Mexi-Ricans."
This is presentation is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Cosponsors include CARLA, the Department of Chicano Studies, the Immigration Research History Center, and the Second Languages and Cultures Education program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.