Exploring the rhetoric and writing of Spanish-English multilingual students and professionals along the U.S.-Mexico Border
The U.S.-Mexico border in a dynamic region where multiple languages and cultures are complexly related, especially regarding writing and workplace communication. Drawing on work in intercultural rhetoric, human development, and second language studies, this presentation builds a framework of six rhetorical functionings or writing patterns along the border. These include native English writers, native Spanish writers, bilinguals, Spanish-dominant, English-dominant, and Generation 1.5 students (oral Spanish and written English). Border residents, including university students, are not always capable of functioning in a variety of specific writing contexts such as university courses or the workplace. The presentation explores ways to develop more capacity in border writers.
Barry Thatcher is a professor of rhetoric and professional communication at New Mexico State University where he specializes in Spanish-English writing, U.S.-Mexico border rhetoric, and intercultural U.S.-Latin American professional communication. He is author of Intercultural rhetoric and professional communication (IGI global) and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization (rpcg.org).