SELI supports heritage-language writing in Sierra Leone. We would like to see more people regarding themselves as people who can write. Anyone can become an author, with collaborative support. Everyone has stories to tell, and many of these stories come from the home turf. We also believe that academic writing skills authors use in English (such as paragraphing, and moving back and forth between narrative and dialogue) can transfer over into any other language the author speaks well.
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- We all have the right to write. Anything we can say, we can write.
- We all can write well if we are emotionally involved in our topic and our purpose. We find our voices there. Writing is learning and discovering. It develops best in real-life situations, with the instructor intervening in the writing process.
- We learn to read by having written. We learn from our experiences, including experiences with oral and written texts. We should expose ourselves to many texts, and often do free-choice reading.
- We learn best in collaborative, diverse, and supportive communities. We all learn in our own ways, and our home cultures affect how we interpret our experiences.
- Moving through the writing process can produce powerful writing. We gain more ownership over our writing if we master the writing process.
- Writing is a strong tool for developing critical thinking. Challenging our thinking as we write in collaborative settings, develops academic language proficiency.
- We teach equitably: not less, but more to the poor. We recognize our children's home communities and ancestral cultures as our educational partners.