Campus Ítaca is a socio-educational programme based at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). It aims to stimulate and support adolescents who come from social backgrounds in which university studies might not be a realistic option to continue to non-compulsory education. In addition, the programme seeks to promote Catalan as a vehicle for group cohesion and social inclusion, since many of them come from Spanish-dominant environments. The highlight of the programme is a two-week summer school with university teachers in which students participate in workshops, projects, debates, sports, field trips and other activities on and beyond campus.
I was a researcher-teacher of the workshop “Talking languages” / “Parlem (de) llengües” (coordinated by Emilee Moore) in the summers of 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Emilee Moore, Maria Rosa Garrido and Xavier Oliva created and ran two-hour workshops in English, “Talking (about) languages”, for groups of 24 students. Inspired by critical plurilingual and Hip Hop pedagogies, the goal of our rap workshop was to promote plurilingual uses and to help our adolescent participants reflect on their language biographies and social realities within a context of linguistic diversity.