Children, Language, and Schooling

Dr. Moore will speak in the Christie Theatre on Thursday, April 19th at 5pm

Reflexive Research, Outreach, and Engagement with

Children and Families of the Somali Diaspora

Dr. Moore’s research explores how culture shapes language and literacy development in communities whose members use multiple languages and participate in multiple schooling traditions.  She has published extensively on her ethnographic work with two communities in Cameroon, and is currently working with a Somali community in Ohio who experiences double-schooling.

Leslie Moore earned a doctorate in Applied Linguistics and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCLA. In between graduate degrees she was a visiting scholar in African Languages & Linguistics at Leiden University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the National Science Foundation Center for Informal Learning and Schools at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Moore specializes in language socialization research, an ethnographic and interactional discourse analytic approach to the study of human development and learning. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and Fulbright, and Dr. Moore has recently completed her work as the Principle Investigator on an Ohio Humanities Council/National Endowment for the Humanities Major Grant for K-12 Education. Her work has appeared in anthropological, linguistic, educational research, and interdisciplinary journals and reference works, including Text & TalkSocial Analysis, Language Arts, Language & CommunicationStudies in African LinguisticsThe Handbook of Language SocializationThe Anthropology of Learning in Childhood, and The Encyclopedia of Language and Education.

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