Warner to Show Childhood in Translation Documentary as Part of Immigrant Series

Childhood Translation artworkFree Film Screening, Discussion Explores the Language Barriers Faced by Immigrant Families
The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education will host a community screening and discussion of the documentary film Childhood in Translation as part of a film series exploring immigrant and refugee experiences on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:15 p.m. in the Genrich-Rusling Room of LeChase Hall on River Campus. The free film screening will be followed by a discussion of the documentary guided by a panel of experts and practitioners who work with immigrant and refugee populations.
Childhood in Translation is a documentary film by filmmaker Robert Winn that recounts how language barriers pose risks to the health and well-being of recent immigrants and their children. Immigrant children often serve as the linguistic and cultural brokers for their families, especially when existing translation services do not meet the needs of English language learners. Through the voices of the youth themselves, as well as the multiple perspectives of their parents, services providers, and advocates, this film sketches in personal terms the tremendous need that exists for language access services in an increasingly diverse America.
The panel discussion, moderated by Mary Jane Curry, an associate professor who directs the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) education program at Warner, will follow the showing, providing insight on the film from multiple perspectives. Panelists will include Jay Piper, principal, the Children’s School of Rochester, No. 15, Rochester City School District; Hilda Escher, president and CEO of Ibero-American Action League; and Dr. Margaret Colpoys, Rochester General Medical Group - Pediatrics at Alexander Park.
By 2050, the English language learner population is expected to double.
“As more and more families whose first language is not English move to new destinations across the country, this film will give viewers an inside look at how many immigrant families are affected by the language barriers they encounter once here,” said Curry. “This film will not only help raise awareness, but also spur discussion about how the health, education, and social services communities can better serve this growing population.”
Childhood in Translation is the last film showing and discussion taking place during the 2012-13 academic year as part of the immigrant and refugee film series. Additional film showings and discussions that took place included Nickel City Smiler, Which Way Home, and 9500 Liberty.
The film series is supported by the Warner School’s Department of Teaching, Curriculum, and Change, and by Project CELLS: Western New York Collaboration for English Language Learners Success, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which aims to provide children who are learning English with access to high-quality instruction across academic subjects and prepare them for success beyond high school. Project CELLS supports scholarships for new and veteran teachers to earn TESOL certification and develops curriculum, particularly for refugee English language learners, and professional development activities, including training for all school personnel, to support student achievement in K-12 schools.
The film is closed caption. For special accommodations or questions, please contact the Warner Academic Support Office at (585) 276-5405 or by e-mail at help@warner.rochester.edu.
Parking is free. LeChase Hall is located in the historic Wilson Quadrangle, between Todd Union and Wilson Commons, on River Campus. For directions click here or visit www.rochester.edu/maps. For more information on the March 26 event, please visit www.warner.rochester.edu.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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Tags: English to Speakers of Other Languages, immigrant students, immigrant/refugee students, Mary Jane Curry, Project CELLS, teacher preparation, teaching and curriculum, TESOL