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CLABS talk to explore the rhetoric and writing of Spanish-English multilingual individuals

New Mexico State University's Center for Latin American and Border Studies will present a talk exploring the rhetoric and writing of Spanish-English multilingual students and professionals along the U.S.-Mexico Border at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

"As members of bilingual communities that stretch beyond national boundaries, these individuals collectively encompass a broad range of language abilities in both Spanish and English, and display a variety of approaches to writing tasks, some of which do not meet with success," said Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza, professor of languages and linguistics at NMSU.

Based on research regarding intercultural rhetoric, human development and second language studies, Barry Thatcher, professor of rhetoric and professional communication at NMSU, will lead the discussion and explore the six rhetorical writing patterns found along the border, and survey the complexities of challenges faced by bilingual writers and the practices teachers can adopt to encourage these students to strengthen their writing skills.

The trends include native English writers, native Spanish writers, bilinguals, Spanish-dominant, English-dominant, and Generation 1.5 students (oral Spanish and written English).

The event is free, open to the public and light refreshments will be available. For more information, visit clabs.nmsu.edu.