Del Otro Lado

Author: Susan V. Meyers
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 0809333430
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In Del OtroLado: Literacy and Migration across the U.S.-Mexico Border, author Susan V. Meyers draws on her year-long ethnographic study in Mexico and the United States to analyze the literacy practices of Mexican-origin students on both sides of the border. Meyers begins by taking readers through the historical development of the rural Mexican town of Villachuato. Through a series of case studies spanning the decades between the Mexican Revolution and the modern-day village, Meyers explores the ever-widening gulf between the priorities of students and the ideals of the public education system. As more and more of Villachuato’s families migrate in an effort to find work in the wake of shifting transnational economic policies like NAFTA, the town’s public school teachers find themselves frustrated by spiraling drop-out rates. Meyers discovers that students often consider the current curriculum irrelevant and reject the established value systems of Mexico’s public schools. Meyers debunks the longstanding myth that literacy is tied to economic development, arguing that a “literacy contract” model, in which students participate in public education in exchange for access to increased earning potential, better illustrates the situation in rural Mexico. Meyers next explores literacy on the other side of the border, traveling to Marshalltown, Iowa, where many former citizens of Villachuato have come to reside because of the availability of jobs for unskilled workers at the huge Swift meat-packing plant there. Here she discovers that Mexican-origin families in the United States often consider education a desirable end in itself rather than a means to an end. She argues that migration has a catalyzing effect on literacy, particularly as Mexican migrant families tend to view education as a desirable form of prestige. Meyers reveals the history and policies that have shaped the literacy practices of Mexican-origin students, and she raises important questions about not only the obligation of the United States to educate migrant students, but also those students’ educational struggles and ways in which these difficulties can be overcome. This transnational study is essential reading for scholars, students, educators and lawmakers interested in shaping the future of educational policy.

Handbook of Research on Cross Cultural Approaches to Language and Literacy Development

Author: Smith, Patriann
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1466686693
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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With rapid technological and cultural advancements, the 21st century has witnessed the wide scale development of transnationalist economies, which has led to the concurrent evolution of language and literacy studies, expanding cross-cultural approaches to literacy and communication. Current language education applies new technologies and multiple modes of text to a diverse range of cultural contexts, enhancing the classroom experience for multi-lingual learners. The Handbook of Research on Cross-Cultural Approaches to Language and Literacy Development provides an authoritative exploration of cross-cultural approaches to language learning through extensive research that illuminates the theoretical frameworks behind multicultural pedagogy and its myriad applications for a globalized society. With its comprehensive coverage of transnational case studies, trends in literacy teaching, and emerging instructive technologies, this handbook is an essential reference source for K-20 educators, administrators in school districts, English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, and researchers in the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA). This diverse publication features comprehensive and accessible articles on the latest instructional pedagogies and strategies, current empirical research on cross-cultural language development, and the unique challenges faced by teachers, researchers, and policymakers who promote cross-cultural perspectives.

Writing on the Move

Author: Rebecca Lorimer Leonard
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 0822983044
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In this book, Rebecca Lorimer Leonard shows how multilingual migrant women both succeed and struggle in their writing contexts. Based on a qualitative study of everyday multilingual writers in the United States, she shows how migrants’ literacies are revalued because they move with writers among their different languages and around the world. Writing on the Move builds a theory of literate valuation, in which socioeconomic values shape how multilingual migrant writers do or do not move forward in their lives. The book details the complicated reality of multilingual literacy, which is lived at the nexus of prejudice, prestige, and power.

The Middle Class in Emerging Societies

Author: Leslie L. Marsh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317510763
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This volume examines the discursive construction of the meanings and lifestyle practices of the middle class in the rapidly transforming economies of Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, focusing on the social, political and cultural implications at local and global levels. While drawing a comparative analysis of what it means to be middle class in these different locations, the essays offer a connective understanding of the middle class phenomenon in emerging market economies and lay the groundwork for future research on emerging, transitional societies. The book addresses three key dimensions: the discursive creation of the middle class, the construction of the cultural identity through consumption practices and lifestyle choices, and the social, political and cultural consequences related to globalization and neoliberalism.

The Distance Between Us

Author: Reyna Grande
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451661789
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Traces the author's experiences as an illegal child immigrant, describing her father's violent alcoholism, her efforts to obtain a higher education, and the inspiration of Latina authors.

Community Literacy Journal 9 2 Spring 2015

Author: Michael Moore
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781602357594
Format: PDF
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COMMUNITY LITERACY JOURNAL 9.2 (Spring 2015) The journal understands "community literacy" as the domain for literacy work that exists outside of mainstream educational and work institutions. It can be found in programs devoted to adult education, early childhood education, reading initiatives, lifelong learning, workplace literacy, or work with marginalized populations, but it can also be found in more informal, ad hoc projects. For COMMUNITY LITERACY JOURNAL, literacy is defined as the realm where attention is paid not just to content or to knowledge but to the symbolic means by which it is represented and used. Thus, literacy makes reference not just to letters and to text but to other multimodal and technological representations as well. We publish work that contributes to the field's emerging methodologies and research agendas. CONTENTS: ARTICLES: Collaborative Complexities: Co-Authorship, Voice, and African American Rhetoric in Oral History Community Literacy Projects by Laurie Grobman, Meeghan Orr, Chris Meagher, Cassandra Yatron, and Jonathan Shelton Digital Literacy in Rural Women's Lives by Jennie Vaughn, Allen Harrell, and Amy E. Dayton Transformative Learning, Affect, and Reciprocal Care in Community Engagement by Ashley J. Holmes Translingual Communities: Teaching and Learning Where You Don't Know the Language by Elizabeth Kimball BOOK & NEW MEDIA REVIEWS: From the Book & New Media Review Editor's Desk by Jessica Shumake Anthony D. Boynton, II and Saul Hernandez, Interns Keyword Essay: "Ecology by Janine Morris After the Public Turn: Composition, Counterpublics, and the Citizen Bricoleur By Frank Farmer Reviewed by Jason Luther Phd to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life By Elaine B. Richardson Reviewed by Cynthia Delaney Del Otro Lado: Literacy and Migration across the U.S.-Mexico Border By Susan V. Meyers Reviewed by Anne-Marie Hall New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders By Bronwyn T. Williams and Amy A. Zenger, eds Reviewed by Jessica E. Slentz Street Sex Workers' Discourse: Realizing Material Change through Agential Choice By Jill McCracken Reviewed by Angela Clark-Oates

Across a Hundred Mountains

Author: Reyna Grande
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743269586
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Leaving her small Mexico hometown after years of caring for her mother, Juana Garcia embarks on a search for the father who disappeared nineteen years earlier and teams up with Adelina Vasquez, who left her family to pursue forbidden love. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Mexican Americans and Education

Author: Estela Godinez Ballón
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816527865
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"This book will provide an overall overview of the relationship between Mexican Americans and schooling in the U.S. The book addresses the major areas of the educational experience for Mexican Americans including K-12 schooling and higher education"--Provided by publisher.

El Otro Lado the Other Side

Author: Joaquin Barreto
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781546588573
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A very personal narrative on immigration, overcoming cultural shock and assimilating into the U.S. The author takes you through various stages of transition, from country to country, from childhood to young adulthood and more. The descriptions of the rural Mexico are felt by the reader, the scenes, the scents, the traditions and culture that seem to evaporate as new traditions are adopted with the false assumption of becoming more American.

Migration in Contemporary Hispanic Cinema

Author: Thomas G. Deveny
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810885050
Format: PDF, ePub
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In Migration in Contemporary Hispanic Cinema, Thomas Deveny takes the unique approach of looking at film and immigration with a global perspective, examining emigration and immigration films from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Central America, and the Hispanic Caribbean. Deveny approaches each movie with a close textual analysis, keeping in mind the sociological theories regarding migration, as well as incorporating criticism on the film. Films such as Flowers from Another World, Return to Hansala, El Camino, 14 Kilometers, María Full of Grace, and others are studied throughout.