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ERIC Number: ED460366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 13
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Multiple Literacies: A Pilgrimage in Which My Family Figures Prominently.
Reinking, Laurel
The earliest years, for one individual growing up on the coast of Ecuador representing one of the few English-speaking inhabitants, sowed the seeds of cultural literacy. Spanish and English were taught simultaneously and religion took on a large role. The Bible was taught by parents, who also read aloud, sang songs, and told stories to the children. At age 6, this young person's cultural literacy experience expanded after moving to Quito, Ecuador to study at a boarding school. Here, many opportunities arose for interaction with Ecuadoreans of every social class and race. Later the family moved to the United States and settled down in Indiana, where the children were enrolled in grade school and high school. This new environment and way of life allowed this maturing young woman to see her own musical talent flower and critical thinking skills develop. After finishing high school, married life and adjusting to motherhood were not far off in the woman's future. Upon settling down, the woman was eager to impart her experiential knowledge and acquired perspective on literacy to her own children. Eventually, continuing on this "literacy journey," the woman not only became the first member of the family to earn a college degree, but also proved to be an exemplary scholar, graduating with highest honors. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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