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November 17, 2010

Stanford educator to speak on immigration and education

Guadalupe Valdes

Guadalupe Valdes

Education Professor Guadalupe Valdes of Stanford University will discuss the research done for her latest book, Latino Children Learning English: Steps in the Journey, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in the University of Washington Clubs conference room.The lecture is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow.

In the book, Valdes and co-authors Sarah Capitelli and Laura Alvarez investigate the ways in which English language proficiencies develop in newly arrived immigrant students. The book provides a detailed account of the developing English language proficiencies of K-3 children from one after-school intervention program. Using the experiences of these children as a lens, Professor Valdes debunks commonly held views of young children as rapid and effortless learners of new languages.

The lecture is presented by the Center for Multicultural Education, as the 26th of its Symposium Lecture Series. For more information about the center, visit online, call 206-543-3386 or e-mail centerme@u.washington.edu.