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The Cafeteria as Contact Zone: Developing A Multicultural Perspective Through Multilingual and Multimodal Literacies


  • Courtney Kelly


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.

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