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ERIC Number: EJ934966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
Facilitating Intercultural Communication in Parent-Teacher Conferences: Lessons from Child Translators
Garcia-Sanchez, Inmaculada M.; Orellana, Marjorie Faulstich; Hopkins, Megan
Multicultural Perspectives, v13 n3 p148-154 2011
Maria was a fifth grade student when the authors met her in a study of immigrant child-language brokers. Her family immigrated from a farming community in Mexico to a Chicago suburb where there were limited bilingual resources. Maria's mother did not speak fluent English, and Maria's teachers did not speak Spanish, so Maria often served as a translator during parent-teacher conferences. How did Maria navigate her role in an event often considered the cornerstone of home-school communication (Hanhan, 1998)? In this article, the authors share what they learned from their longitudinal research, which is reported in more detail in previous studies (see Garcia-Sanchez & Orellana, 2006; Orellana, 2009). They hope these recommendations will help teachers understand the complexities of translation, and how to facilitate parent-teacher conferences when their students serve as translators. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois