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Dimensions, July/August 2009—In Any Language: Serving Multilingual Communities


July/August 2009

As science centers and museums welcome increasingly diverse audiences, many of them are working to accommodate the linguistic needs of their visitors and to foster a sense of ownership and belonging. Immigrants, indigenous populations, and visitors who are Deaf bring a variety of languages with them to science centers around the world. This issue will explore how centers are recruiting bilingual staff, reaching out to linguistically diverse communities, and constructing multilingual exhibitions, materials, and educational programs.

  • In Other Words: Developing Bilingual Exhibitions, by Carlos Plaza
  • The Languages of Science in Wales, by Chris Mason
  • Secrets of Circles: Evaluation of a Trilingual Exhibition, by Sue Allen
  • Sharing Yup’ik Language, Knowledge, and Heritage, by Ann Fienup-Riordan
  • Language in a Learning Ensemble, by Derlly González and Kristin Leigh
  • Challenges for English Medium Instruction in Sri Lanka, by Sean Perera
  • Expanding Informal Science Education for Latinos, by Robert L. Russell and Malu Jimenez
  • The Self Reliance Foundation and Science Education, by Robert L. Russell
  • Addressing Deaf Visitors with an American Sign Language Multimedia Tour, by Christine Reich and Elissa Chin

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