ERIC Number: ED440557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy and Language Diversity in the United States. Language in Education: Theory and Practice 87.
Wiley, Terrence G.
This book was written for scholars, policymakers, and educators and provides both an introduction to issues in literacy and language diversity and compelling questions for those who work in the field. Based on national data, the extent of language diversity in the United States is explored; what is known about English literacy, native language literacy, and biliteracy is considered; and what is needed to make informed national policy decisions about this subject is discussed. This book is written from a pro-language diversity point of view and critiques policies and practices that view language diversity as a problem that must be remedied through education. It highlights recent positive developments in adult literacy that incorporate language diversity as a resource. Chapter titles include the following: "Common Myths and Stereotypes about Literacy and Language Diversity in the United States"; "Literacy and the Great Divide: Cognitive or Social?"; "Defining and Measuring Literacy: Uses and Abuses"; "Literacy, Schooling, and the Socioeconomic Divide"; "Language, Diversity, and the Ascription of Status"; "Literacy and Language Diversity in Sociocultural Contexts"; "Contemporary Bilingual Education Theory and the Great Divide"; and "The Impact of Literacy Policies and Practices on Language Minority Learners." Numerous tables, illustrations, and figures appear throughout the text. Each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading. (Contains an index and approximately 350 references.) (KFT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, English Only Movement, English (Second Language), Language Attitudes, Language Minorities, Limited English Speaking, Literacy, Multicultural Education, Multilingualism, Politics of Education, Public Policy, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Sociocultural Patterns, Sociolinguistics
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Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.; Delta Systems Inc., McHenry, IL.