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Keywords:

  • Digital/media literacies ;
  • New literacies;
  • Popular culture;
  • Family literacy ;
  • Home language;
  • Home-school connections;
  • Language learners ;
  • Multilingualism;
  • Research methodology ;
  • Action research, teacher research;
  • Ethnography;
  • Theoretical perspectives ;
  • Critical pedagogy;
  • Sociocultural;
  • To learners in which of the following categories does your work apply?;
  • Early adolescence

Abstract

This article describes the inaugural year of a cross-cultural after-school program that used a problem-solving, project-based pedagogy to promote meaningful interactions between immigrant middle school students and their urban, low-income peers. The program relied on the students' local knowledge as they worked together to create social maps of their school and a multilingual video against gossip. These collaborations used local literacies to promote a multicultural perspective.