Leslie Moore

I am an applied linguist and a linguistic anthropologist, specializing in language socialization. My research examines the social and cultural patterning of language and literacy development in communities whose members use multiple languages and participate in multiple learning traditions. For more than a decade, I have studied the double schooling experiences (religious and secular education) and language and literacy development of Muslim children in Cameroon and the Somali Diaspora. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and Fulbright. My outreach work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education. At UCLA I earned my doctorate in Applied Linguistics. In 1997-1998, I was a visiting scholar in (what was then) the Department of African Languages and Linguistics at Leiden University. After completing my graduate studies, I took up a postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Informal Learning and Schools, a National Science Foundation Center for Learning and Teaching.

Key words: language socialization, Islamic education, informal learning, multilingualism, literacy, Cameroon, Somali Diaspora

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Ohio State University, Utrecht University & NIAS
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