Pine - Fall 2012 - (Page 24)
NAU alumnus Scott Hadley, ’83 BA, and College of education professor Dr. Norbert Francis are uniting two universities through a community literacy project in central Mexico. The NAU-sponsored effort, now in its 15th year, promotes literacy based on the idea of a bilingual writers’ workshop that brings together Nahuatl, the indigenous language spoken by the Aztecs, and Spanish. Interestingly, Dr. Francis and hadley met by chance – an unplanned and fortuitous encounter related to NAU’s ongoing global initiative. The following is an interview with hadley by Dr. Francis. To read it in its entirety, click here.
Dr. Francis: Tell us how you became interested in the field of language learning at NAU. Hadley: I think in order to answer that question fairly I would have to go back to my high school days when I first became interested in Spanish. After I started at NAU, my original intention was to major in history, then in business, but I kept going back to Spanish. There was a great faculty at the language school, all representing many different places in the Spanish-speaking world. I was fascinated by the variety of accents and cultures. It wasn’t long before I changed my major to Spanish for good. Dr. Francis: Tell us a little about the community you’re
Read the entire interview, view additional photos and listen to an audio recording of Nahuatl here.
Scott hadley, ’83, teaching in Mexico.
Scott hadley, ’83 (left), and Dr. Norbert Francis
working with and your fieldwork there. Hadley: Actually, there are two communities involved which are very close together: San Isidro Buensuceso in the state of Tlaxcala and San Miguel Canoa in the state of Puebla. They are both very interesting in the sense that Nahuatl and traditional culture still thrive there. I live only 20 miles away in a place that is still rural in many ways but where Nahuatl has died out
altogether. Although I have been spending the last three years getting to know people there, my serious work learning the language, doing field recordings on many different cultural topics and teaching creative writing in a bilingual and even a trilingual context really only got started in January 2011 with my sabbatical. Continue reading ...
Special thanks to Nancy Serenbetz, ’75 BS, for her help with this article.
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