Friday, 03 April, 2020
Kim Potowski, Ph.D., of the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a talk, “No Child Left Monolingual,” at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3, in the Sinquefield Stateroom, DuBourg Hall.
About the talk:
The U.S. has always been a linguistically diverse nation, but the overall climate usually discourages and sometimes outright discriminates against the use of non-English languages. The grandchildren of immigrants often don’t speak their grandparents’ language anymore, which squanders the wonderful resource of hundreds of non-English languages spoken in communities across the U.S. In addition, overall we don’t do a great job teaching foreign languages to monolingual English-speakers.
This talk explores several myths about languages in the U.S. and presents arguments and strategies that favor promoting multilingualism among our population.