Pryzmus Lectures and Researches in Mexico
Dr. Steve Przymus spent 18 days in Guanajuato, Mexico to lecture and conduct research. He gave two lectures at the Universidad de Guanajuato on translanguaging in the assessment and instruction of emergent bilinguals, focusing on how this facilitates the accurate placement, assessment, and instruction of emergent bilinguals with disabilities.
“In the Mexican context, this is meaningful in improving the teaching of the nearly 1 million transnational students who are currently attending public schools across the 31 Mexican states,” Przymus said. “These are kids that either were born in Mexico, moved to the U.S. with their families at an early age, attended school in the U.S. and now have returned to Mexican schools or kids who were born in the U.S. and now attend school in Mexico, due to moving with family members.”
Within this line of research, Przymus created a research collaborative with two professors at the Universidad de Guanajuato, a professor from Lebanon Valley College in PA and a professor at Georgia State, who are also researching the needs of transnational students. They presented together at the International Qualitative Research Conference on June 26 in Guanajuato, Mexico and have submitted proposals to present a panel at the 2019 TESOL International Convention and the 2019 AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics), both of which will be held next spring in Atlanta.
While in Mexico, Przymus also conducted a follow-up interview with a high school transnational student, who was born in Idaho, and now lives and attends school in Guanajuato, Mexico. He interviewed this student regarding how he has leveraged his passion for massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) to learn Spanish, meet friends at his new school, receive academic support from these peers and re-frame the rhetoric around his identity to a gaming and English expert. His voice and other findings are included in a journal article Przymus wrote that is under review.