Title

No Child Left Monolingual: Why and How to Become a More Linguistically Inclusive Nation

Subject Area

Special Topics

Abstract

Many languages have always been spoken in the United States, but today’s climate usually discourages the use of non-English languages. The grandchildren of immigrants often don’t speak their grandparents’ language, and overall we don’t do a great job of teaching foreign languages. This talk explores several myths about languages in the U.S. and presents arguments and strategies that promote multilingualism among our population.

Brief Bio Note

Kim Potowski, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Hispanic & Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She directs the Heritage Spanish program and is the founding director of its summer study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her research focuses on Spanish in the U.S. and connections between language and ethnic identity. She has authored and edited over 12 research books as well as several Spanish textbooks. Her advocacy for the value of dual language education in promoting bilingualism and academic achievement was the focus of her 2013 TEDx talk, “No Child Left Monolingual.”

Location

Keynote Speaker (PARB 114/115)

Presentation Year

2019

Start Date

4-12-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

4-12-2019 12:00 PM

Embargo

4-12-2019

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Apr 12th, 10:45 AM Apr 12th, 12:00 PM

No Child Left Monolingual: Why and How to Become a More Linguistically Inclusive Nation

Keynote Speaker (PARB 114/115)

Many languages have always been spoken in the United States, but today’s climate usually discourages the use of non-English languages. The grandchildren of immigrants often don’t speak their grandparents’ language, and overall we don’t do a great job of teaching foreign languages. This talk explores several myths about languages in the U.S. and presents arguments and strategies that promote multilingualism among our population.