mylanguage.ca has been launched by Dr. Roma Chumak-Horbatsch, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University.
The site provides research-based information about the importance of maintaining and protecting the many minority languages of young children spoken in homes across Canada.
The goal of mylanguage.ca is to help parents, teachers, early childhood educators and other children’s services practitioners understand the personal, social, linguistic and academic reasons for maintaining and protecting home languages (L1).
An interesting initiative that brings together researchers with an interest in studying immigrant families. Sound familiar?
The initiative is a result of a discussion held at the 2006 Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) conference. The purpose of the Scholars the Study of Immigrant Families includes:
Building a network of scholars studying issues pertaining to immigration and immigrant families and promoting collaboration between junior and senior researchers.
Promoting the use of innovative and culturally/contextually-embedded research methods.
Preserving the richness and realities of immigrant families’ lived experiences and providing representation of those voices within the institution of academia.
Researchers interested in studying immigrant families are invited to join the Scholars group and post their research interests and etc. on the website. Looks like a good source for networking! and not just for Americans.
A pre-session is being planned for SRA 2008 – coming up March 6-9th in Chicago and will include: 1) a discussion of methods and best practices in the study of immigrant families and 2) a discussion of policy initiatives the Scholars group would like to undertake.
More more info contact María Hernández, Jackie Nguyen or Carrie Saetermoe.