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Life with Two Languages: At Home, at School & in our Communities

Diversity & Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) is organizing a series of events to offer some insights and learning opportunities concerning our role as educators in working with multilingual and multicultural students.

When: Feb 13, 2013 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Where: Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Center

Contact: Laura A. Katunich, , 814-865-0488

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The Diversity & Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) in the College of Education is presenting panel discussions, speakers, and workshops pertaining to multilingualism in our classrooms and communities.

In U.S. public schools, the number of students that speak languages other than English at home and who are developing proficiency in English at school is rapidly increasing. Already, more than 85% of schools in PA include English learners and the numbers are much higher in other regions of the country. This semester, the DCEC is organizing a series of events to offer some insights and learning opportunities concerning our role as educators in working with multilingual and multicultural students.

The first event, Life with Two Languages: At Home, at School & in our Communities, is a panel presentation in which Penn State students will offer their perspectives on life as a multilingual person by sharing life experiences and reflecting on how the resource of multiple languages has influenced their lives as students. A discussion will follow to explore the students’ stories of growing up with more than one language in their schools and communities, and attitudes and perceptions of multilingualism in our world today. The panel will be recorded for classroom use.

The series of events are sponsors by: the College of Education Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee, Office of Multicultural Programs, the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Education Policy Studies, and the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library.