Senior, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Majors: Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse, Spanish
Thesis Director: Jason Schneider, Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse
Faculty Reader: Carolina Barrera-Tobón, Department of Modern Languages
Bio: Isabel is a senior at DePaul University double majoring in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and Spanish. She is also a peer writing tutor at the writing center where she works with the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research and a Spanish tutor in the modern languages department. Her scholarly interests include rhetoric, language acquisition theory and pedagogy, language ideology and power, and education. After graduating this spring, Isabel hopes to move to Spain to teach English in the fall.
Abstract: Multilingualism and language education are becoming increasingly attractive to monolingual native English speaking families because of the recursive value of language in a globalized world and job market. This leads to implications for language planning and policy within school systems and requires special attention to neighborhood schools in immigrant communities and communities with heritage speakers of non-English languages. This project explores the allocation of dual language programs in Chicago Public Schools and orientations towards multilingualism through public data, local news reporting, and scholarly research.