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#071; Media Advisory
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler 415/338-1665

How language, culture and dialect affect learning

Scholars to debate the impact of Ebonics, bilingual education and other topics

WHAT: Noted scholars from across California will look at how language, culture and dialect impact learning by schoolchildren during a conference sponsored by San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley.

WHEN AND WHERE: Friday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center on the S.F. State campus, 1600 Holloway Ave. The conference center is located at 800 Font Blvd. on the southwest edge of campus.

BACKGROUND: The conference, which will focus on Latino, Afro-American, Asian American, Deaf, and Native American perspectives on learning, features a distinguished panel of scholars. The panelists include: John Baugh of Stanford, an expert in linguistics who has done work on black street language and "Ebonics"; Li-Rong Lilly Cheng of San Diego State, an authority on bilingualism and English as a second language; Lily Wong Fillmore of UC Berkeley, a noted linguist who has don e extensive work in second-language learning and socialization for learning across cultures; M.A. Jaimes*Guerrero of SFSU, an expert on socio-cultural and learning issues of Native Americans; Marlon Kuntze of Stanford, a scholar of language acquisition for the deaf; and Aida Walqui of UC Santa Cruz, an expert on effective teaching and learning for immigrant youth.

Moderator for the gathering will be Kenneth Monterio, dean of human relations and professor of psychology. He is an authority on culture and cognitive psychology as it applies to educational achievement. The colloquium is organized by Philip Prinz, professor of special education and coordinator of the joint doctoral program in special education between S.F. State and UC Berkeley. Prinz is an expert in sign language acquisition, language assessment and literacy development.

For more information, contact colloquium organizer Philip Prinz at (415) 338-7655. For additional assistance, contact Ted DeAdwyler of the S.F. State Public Affairs Office at (415) 338-7110.


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