I have the great fortune to spend this year with New Hampshire Humanities. We’re working on a reading and writing project with English learners. The project is A Year of New Voices,
In the Year of New Voices, professional writers meet English learners in Connections book discussion programs. Selected students will have an opportunity to work with the writer, read samples of each other’s work, look for ideas that each have as a thread through their writing. Then English learners, alongside professional writers, will read their poems, stories, and memoirs in “New Voices” readings in New Hampshire communities.
To support the writers, we created a handbook, “Tell Me More” on Encouraging and Developing the Voices of English Learners.
The collage is by Linda Graham who allowed us to use her art on the cover and inside. ESL educators and professional writers joined forces to write prompts, poems, and essays on the value of what bilingual writers bring to English. The full handbook is available for English learners everywhere and their teachers. You can download and printout. “Tell Me More” is here.