Engaging with diverse language communities: Models and approaches

by Laura M. Gonzalez and Ye “Jane” He

in UNCG Working Papers in Education

Abstract

In diverse language communities (DLC’s), languages beyond English are valued and supported. Educators and scholar-practitioners may have interest in engaging with members of DLC’s, but may not have models or guidance for starting the process. To that end, the current article provides several examples of outreach programs or community-based research projects with DLC’s. The programs were sponsored by the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities at UNCG, and include both faculty members and community partners as active contributors. The article describes the programs and then synthesizes the examples to provide suggestions for others who might be interested in attempting similar outreach.

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