Seed Words Project
Seed Words works with the immigrant learners of English as a Second
Language and their families. Project
participants write down their stories about seeds, planting and plants
with the aim of developing their language and writing skills and
documenting this aspect of their heritage for their children, families and
community. This also
preserves important agricultural knowledge. Working with their instructor, they edit and refine their stories
and a final publication is anticipated.
Agriculture is a common link between people. Food and seeds are part of the cultural identity of people
everywhere, whether it is memories of seeding, tending, gathering and
eating or learning how to garden and grow plants in Alberta’s different
climate and soils.
The project also links people in literacy learning with people of many
different countries of origin.
This literacy and heritage learning project extends to the children of
the ESL learners, connecting them with their family heritage as well as
encouraging them to write and reflect on their families’ experience.
The project coordinator is Anne Marie Brose, a community educator who
has fifteen years experience teaching ESL and doing community development
work both in Edmonton and in refugee camps in Thailand.