The Program

Congress Event

Promoting first language maintenance in a bilingual family literacy program with immigrant and refugee communities


Monday, June 3, 2013, 8:30 - 9:45


MacLaurin Building - D288

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In this session, Jim Anderson reports on a bilingual family literacy project in which he and his colleagues worked with nearly 500 immigrant and refugee families over two years. He provides a brief overview of the development and evolution of the program, describes the contexts in which they worked, and identifies challenges, lingering issues and future directions for research. Some of the results Anderson shares include the impact on children’s early literacy development, families’ understandings of maintaining first or home languages, and their perceptions of the transition to a different education system.