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ERIC Number: EJ983370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
Transfronterizo Literacies and Content in a Dual Language Classroom
de la Piedra, Maria Teresa; Araujo, Blanca
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v15 n6 p705-721 2012
The purpose of this article is to discuss the ways in which young transfronterizo students who live between the two worlds of El Paso (USA) and Ciudad Juarez (Mexico) bring their literacy practices and content to the classroom. Drawing on the data gathered during a 3-year ethnographic study, we illustrate how transfronterizo texts and content are used for academic purposes, in particular in the context of learning narrative writing. We present the case of one transfronteriza teacher who successfully facilitated literacies crossing numerous borders. We frame our discussion of transfronterizo literacy practices drawing on literature from dual language education, the Continua of Biliteracy Model, and the New Literacy Studies. We show the recontextualization and transcontextualization of texts and practices. These processes help us understand biliteracy development in this border area, which is both global and local. We argue that developing awareness of how transfronterizo literacies are used in classrooms can provide teachers and researchers of linguistically minoritized students in other contexts with a better and complex understanding of the resources students bring to school in order to recognize ways in which to capitalize on these mobile resources for relevant educational experiences. (Contains 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; Texas