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Re-mediation of Everyday Literacy Assets in Japan through Making Fantasy Stories

Event Details

October 30, 2019
5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Montague House

Room: 120

UMass Amherst Campus

Free admission
Theresa Austin

You are invited to the open public lecture "Re-mediation of Everyday Literacy Assets in Japan through Making Fantasy Stories for Japanese Brazilian Children" by Hiroaki Ishiguro, Ph.D., Rikkyo University, Tokyo.

This talk will address Dr. Ishiguro's research on a collaborative play that adopts a fantasy drama-making approach for non-dominant students, especially linguistically and culturally diverse children. 
In Japan, the population of transnational children is increasing in number. As many have roots in countries outside Japan, to learn academic subjects and Japanese, they often attend cram schools or free after school programs managed by local volunteers. Dr. Ishiguro has designed experimental workshops that attempt to amplify the literacy assets that they have already acquired through their previous experiences. He documents their participation and negotiation with others. His findings demonstrate how in the workshop students feel that they are valued members and that they have specific assets appreciated by the greater community.
After the presentation, there will be a discussion about researching inclusive play in transnational children's development and implications for educators working with multilingual multicultural learners.
Refreshments will be provided. 

Sponsored by the College of Education, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, Language, Literacy, and Culture,  Bilingual, ESL, & Multicultural Education, Reading & Writing