The Power of the Heritage Language in Identity Formation and Engagement: Current Challenges and Opportunities

November 29, 2017
12:00 to 1:15
Guadalupe Valdes
Terrace Room of Margaret Jacks Hall
Free and open to the public

In this presentation, Professor Valdes will examine the challenges facing immigrant-receiving countries in providing formal language instruction to both newly arrived and established immigrants. She will describe what she refers to as the “curricularization” of language, a process in which language is treated, not as a species-unique communicative system acquired naturally in the process of primary socialization, but as a curricular subject or skill the elements of which can be ordered and sequenced, practiced and studied, learned and tested in artificial contexts within which learners of the target language outnumber proficient speakers. Professor Valdes will focus specifically on the design of language teaching programs and on the multiple challenges that are involved in responding to often-contradictory beliefs and expectations about the outcomes of language instruction especially for adult immigrants who may have limited or low literacy skills in their dominant language.

Guadalupe Valdés is the Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education at Stanford University. Working in the area of applied linguistics, much of her work has focused on the English-Spanish bilingualism of Latinos in the United States and on discovering and describing how two languages are developed, used, and maintained by individuals who become bilingual in immigrant communities.

Thanks to our sponsors for the 2017-2018 SCOPE Brown Bag Seminar series:

  • The Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
  • The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities
  • Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality
  • Stanford Criminal Justice Center