Professor Mark Warschauer is presenting at the October 6th conference at UC Riverside: Multilingualism Research in Southern California: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Dual Language Experience. The title of his presentation is "'Mi Abuelo Fué Bracero': Bridging Languages, Cultures, Generations, and Communities through Digital Stories."
The multilingual conference, which is celebrating the launch of Bilingualism Matters at UCR, is supported by the Center for Ideas and Society and co-sponsored by the UCR departments of Psychology, Hispanic Studies, and Comparative Literature and Languages.
Bilingual education researcher Jim Cummins identified the potential of multimedia "identity texts" to promote language learning and identity among linguistically diverse students. In this talk, I revisit that concept by examining digital stories created by Latino youth in the Coachella Valley. These stories allow students to draw on their and their families' funds of knowledge and advance their multilingual skills while addressing pressing community concerns.