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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

The Role of Family in the Construction of Literacy Practices

Dr. Rahat Naqvi.

An ethnographic case study carried out between 1997 and 1999 examines multiple literacy practices within Urdu speaking families living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Three tools were developed to carry out the study. The results are analysed based on the view that literacies are enmeshed in cultural, racial and religious differences.
In all the families a lot of importance is given to the development of literacy practices in English and French within the school-based literacies. Data shows that even though there is no formal teaching of the Urdu language, the learning process takes place unconsciously through shared activities between the parents and the children. The research highlights the importance of verbal interactions between parents and children during reading activities and the relationship between symbolic play and literacy.


Dr. Rahat Naqvi  (Canada)
Professor, University of Ottawa
Second Language Institute, FSL
University Of Ottawa

I have a PHD in Second language teaching (FSL) from the Sorbonne, Paris with a specialization in literacy. Currently i am teaching at Ottawa U. My work focuses on literacy practices within second generation immigrants.

  • literacy
  • family
  • mother tongue

(30min Conference Paper, English)