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Maya Honda, Drylongso Award Recipient 2010


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Associate Professor of Human Development, Wheelock College

 

Maya Honda is Associate Professor of Human Development at Wheelock College, where she teaches linguistics and developmental psychology. Her work focuses on how linguistics—the scientific study of our knowledge of language—can be used to develop students’ understanding of both the nature of language and the nature of science. She is coauthor of Thinking Linguistically (Blackwell, 2008), a text that invites readers to analyze how plurals and questions are formed in a variety of languages. A recent coauthored paper of hers, “On promoting linguistics literacy: Bringing language science to the English classroom,” appears in Linguistics at School: Language Awareness in Primary and Secondary Education (Cambridge University Press, 2010).Honda has served as a member and chair of the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Language in the School Curriculum, and is co-editor of the Education and Pedagogy section of the on-line journal Language and Linguistics Compass.

Outside academe, Honda works with the indigenous language revitalization movement, offering workshops and courses to prepare teachers and community educators to teach, maintain, and promote their languages. This work took root twenty-five years ago in Nicaragua, where, on behalf of Linguists for Nicaragua, Honda worked with Afro-Caribbean and Rama teachers, developing materials for bilingual education (1985-1991). Other collaborations followed, most recently: at the American Indian Language Development Institute (Tucson AZ, 2000-2003); with the Navajo Language Academy (Navajo Nation, 2007-present); and with the Indigenous Language Institute (ILI, Santa Fe NM, 2000-2007), where Honda was on the editorial team for Awakening Our Languages: An ILI Handbook Series and coauthor of two handbooks, including Handbook 10: Understanding First and Second Language Acquisition (2004).

Locally, Honda has served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and is currently on its Advisory Board.
 

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