Speaker: Rosa Montes Miró, Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor; Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
In today’s rapidly urbanizing world, linguistic diversity is more common than not. In most societies, certain languages have gained preference and are deemed more socially positive. It is not uncommon for these “language attitudes” to translate to the speakers themselves, often leading them to choose between their language and social hierarchy. This talk will discuss policies and programs working to address this issue within the Mexican education system.
Rosa Montes Miró received a PhD from Georgetown University’s Sociolinguistics Program. She subsequently pursued research in the field of discourse analysis and children’s communicative development. She is a Professor at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla Mexico where she also serves as Director of Research in the Vicerectorate for Research and Graduate Studies. Her research has been focused in the field of discourse analysis and children’s communicative development, looking, for example, at the organizational structures in the stories young children tell, and how their participation in narrative and conversational interactions with adults inducts them into their cultures and communities. She is teaching this semester at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.