Experts on English Language Learners

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Changing Communities and Educating Latino Youth
Dr. Stanton Wortham, the associate dean and a professor at Penn’s Graduate School of Education, is available to discuss changing communities and educating Latino youth. Dr. Wortham researches identity development and social identification among immigrant youth, the mixed social identity among immigrant youth, educating Latino immigrant children and their reception in rural and small-town areas.

Media Contact:
Jill DiSanto-Haines at 215-898-4820 or jdisanto@upenn.edu



Second Language Acquisition
Dr. Teresa Pica, a professor at Penn’s Graduate School of Education, specializes in second-language acquisition. She can discuss teaching a foreign language, language curriculum design, and approaches to classroom practice. She collaborates with teachers, administrators, students and alumni on questions that explore theory and practice in language learning. Dr. Pica’s research addresses the need for reform in content-based second-language curricula. It has resulted in the design and implementation of classroom activities that assist language learning through communication while simultaneously serving as research instruments to identify effective strategies.

Media Contact:
Jill DiSanto-Haines at 215-898-4820 or jdisanto@upenn.edu



Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Dr. Betsy Rymes, an associate professor at Penn’s Graduate School of Education, is an expert in teaching English to speakers of other languages, linguistic anthropology of education, language socialization, multi-lingualism and TESOL, as well as youth culture, mass media and schooling. Dr. Rymes has studied issues of language and culture in the classroom and beyond – and started out as a junior high school teacher who also taught adult English. Her research centers on how languages, social interaction and institutions influence one’s educational path and speed.

Media Contact:
Jill DiSanto-Haines at 215-898-4820 or jdisanto@upenn.edu