ERIC Number: EJ917790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Language and Literacy in the Borderlands: Acting upon the World through "Testimonios"
Saavedra, Cinthya M.
Language Arts, v88 n4 p261-269 Mar 2011
Saavedra discusses how children in the borderlands can inform our language and literacy practices through the Latin American literary genre known as "testimonio." Drawing from the work of Chicana/Latina feminist pedagogy, I frame my "experiencias" with language and literacy in three different moments in my life. Through these "testimonios," I make connections to the lived realities of many border crossers in the US, arguing that immigrants, border crossers, and transnational children have important lessons to teach us about language and literacy. Furthermore, "testimonio" continues the project of critical pedagogy through the political act of remembering, as that is also a way to reconnect language with body and consciousness in order to act upon the world. Suggestions for using "testimonio" in the classroom are presented.
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Literary Genres, Writing Instruction, Immigrants, Latin Americans, Cultural Influences, Literacy, Political Divisions (Geographic), Feminism, Hispanic Americans, Reading
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