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Title: From Greek School to Greek's Cool: Heritage Language Education in Ontario and the Aristoteles Credit Program - Using Weblogs for Teaching the Greek Language in Canada
Authors: Aravossitas, Themistoklis
Advisor: Trifonas, Peter
Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Keywords: heritage language education
transformative pedagogy
bilingualism
blogs in education
multiculturalism
Greek language
computer supported collaborative learning
learning communities in education
multiliteracies
heritage languages in Canada
Issue Date: 17-Dec-2010
Abstract: Heritage Language Education is considered the cornerstone of Canada’s multiculturalism policy. In Ontario, the mission to preserve the cultural capital of the various ethnic communities is carried out primarily by non-profit organizations and groups with limited official support. My thesis is the autobiographical inquiry of an internationally educated teacher who is involved in a Greek language credit program in Toronto. My commitment to understanding the needs of the new generation of learners guided me through a series of professional development initiatives and the creation of an educational blog which is currently used by students, parents and teachers of the Aristoteles Credit School. By presenting my experiences as I navigated the multidimensionality of HLE in Ontario, I hope to offer a case of a bottom-up reform attempt which is based on transformative pedagogy and brings heritage language education to the epicentre of community activity and educational change in the 21st century.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25467
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