The Development Of Bilingual Literacy Practices

771 Words Oct 29th, 2015 4 Pages
During Phase 2, Moore and MacDonald focused their research on this research question: How is Halq’eméylem being revitalized within a British Columbia Aboriginal Head Start program where Aboriginal teachers of the language are not themselves fluent in the language of instruction? In order to answer this question, the researchers performed a series of observations and video recording over a period of one year. This observations took place during various community events. The discussion of the findings develops through a framework to understand the development of bilingual literacy practices in a minoritized context. The authors found a blend of traditional Aboriginal practices with contemporary teaching methodology. Elders and parents re-appropriate their own ancestral language, and reshaped the language classroom into a multilingual space for learning. Particular literacy practices were found in the Stó:lō Head Start program where Halq’eméylem was taught by reading and attending the writing code while signing. These practices were enforced by aiming the parents to reinforce Halq’eméylem language and literacy practices at home. The authors conclude by stating the importance of this study by challenging the “existing hierarchies of knowledge and knowledge creation through multiple languages wherever they occur and suggests directions in which we might understand and make use of languages and multiple literacies as powerful resources for further learning and as ways to…
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