Using Informal Bilingual Resources, “Jumping” and “Giving Double”: Interactional Histories Across School and Religious Communities

  • Amanda K. Kibler


This chapter describes Maria and her experiences navigating formal and informal bilingual resources as she participated in distinct literacy events across different settings over time. A social and academically successful young woman, Maria’s turning point was her decision to undertake religious training in a Latin-American-origin Catholic institute after high school. Because of the more formal opportunities provided for bilingual and biliterate practices in this religious setting, Maria’s language and literacy journey developed quite differently than it might have in other, more common postsecondary contexts for linguistically minoritized students. An overview of Maria’s language and literacy experiences during this study is provided, followed by LIHA analyses of literacy events demonstrating these trends before and after her turning point.


High school Religion Catholic Bilingual Biliterate Language and literacy practices Literacy events Writing Longitudinal interactional histories approach 


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  • Amanda K. Kibler
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  1. 1.College of EducationOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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