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ERIC Number: ED517427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-3
Pages: 424
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8058-6348-2
Affirming Students' Right to Their Own Language: Bridging Language Policies and Pedagogical Practices
Scott, Jerrie Cobb, Ed.; Straker, Dolores Y., Ed.; Katz, Laurie, Ed.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
How can teachers make sound pedagogical decisions and advocate for educational policies that best serve the needs of students in today's diverse classrooms? What is the pedagogical value of providing culturally and linguistically diverse students greater access to their own language and cultural orientations? This landmark volume responds to the call to attend to the unfinished pedagogical business of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference on College Composition and Communication 1974 Students' Right to Their Own Language resolution. Chronicling the interplay between legislated/litigated education policies and language and literacy teaching in diverse classrooms, it presents exemplary research-based practices that maximize students' learning by utilizing their home-based cultural, language, and literacy practices to help them meet school expectations. Pre-service teachers, practicing teachers, and teacher educators need both resources and knowledge, including global perspectives, about language variation in PreK-12 classrooms and hands-on strategies that enable teachers to promote students' use of their own language in the classroom while also addressing mandated content and performance standards. This book meets that need. This book contains four parts. Part I, Setting the Context, includes: (1) Cross-Currents in Language Policies and Pedagogical Practices (Jerrie Cobb Scott, Dolores Y. Straker, and Laurie Katz); and (2) Perspectives on Language Policies and Pedagogical Practices, includes: Interview 1: Issues in Global and Local Language Policies (Joel Spring); Interview 2: An Insider's View of African American Language Policies and Pedagogies (Geneva Smitherman); Interview 3: The Law of Language in the United States (Cristina M. Rodriguez); and Interview 4: What Teachers Need to Know to Educate English Language Learners (Mary Carol Combs). Part II, Educational Policies, Attitudes, and Unfulfilled Promises, contains: (3) The Hidden Linguistic Legacies of Brown v. Board and No Child Left Behind (John Baugh and Aaron Welborn); (4) Portraits Counterportraits, and the Lives of Children: Language, Culture, and Possibilities (Rick Meyer); (5) Restore My Language and Treat Me Justly: Indigenous Students' Rights to Their Tribal Languages (Dorothy Aguilera and Margaret D. LeCompte); (6) Power, Politics, and Pedagogies: Re-Imagining Students' Right to Their Own Language Through Democratic Engagement (Valeri Kinloch); (7) Exploring Attitudes Toward Language Differences: Implications for Teacher Education Programs (Laurie Katz, Jerrie Cobb Scott, and Xenia Hadjioannou); (8) Positionality: Using Self-Discovery to Enhance Pre-Service Teachers' Understanding of Language Differences (Nancy Rankie Shelton); and (9) Beyond the Silence: Instructional Approaches and Students' Attitudes (David E. Kirkland and Austin Jackson). Part III, Toward a Pedagogy of Success in Classrooms, contains: (10) "We Have Our Own Language as Well as the Languages We Bring": Constructing Opportunities for Learning Through a Language of the Classroom (Beth V. Yeager and Judith L. Green); (11) "Taylor Cat is Black": Code-Switch to Add Standard English to Students' Linguistic Repertoires (Rebecca S. Wheeler); (12) There's No "1" Way to Tell a Story (Laurie Katz and Tempii Champion); (13) Culturally Responsive Read-Alouds in First Grade: Drawing Upon Children's Languages and Cultures to Facilitate Literary and Social Understandings (Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson, Joy Bowman, and Angela Johnson Rietschlin); (14) Developing Culturally Responsive Teacher Practitioners Through Multicultural Literature (Tamara L. Jetton, Emma Savage-Davis, and Marianne Baker); (15) Educating the Whole Child: English Language Learners in a Middle School (Mari Haneda); (16) New Chinese Immigrant Students' Literacy Development: From Heritage Language to Bilingualism (Danling Fu); and (17) High Stakes Testing and the Social Languages of Literature and Literate Achievement in Urban Classrooms (Dorothea Anagnostopoulos). Part IV, Global Perspectives on Language Diversity and Learning, contains: (18) Possibilities for Non-Standard Dialects in American Classrooms: Lessons from a Greek Cypriot Class (Xenia Hadjioannou); (19) The Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and Other Community School Practices in Brazil (Ana Christina Dasilva Iddings); (20) The Social Construction of Literacy in a Mexican Community: Coming Soon to Your School? (Patrick H. Smith, Luz A. Murillo, and Robert T. Jimenez); (21) Multilingualism in Classrooms: The Paritetic School System of the Ladin Valleys in South Tyrol (Italy) (Gerda Videsott); (22) Educational Policies and Practices in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Case for Indigenous African Languages (Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu); (23) Meaningful Early Literacy Learning Experiences: Lessons from South Africa (Carole Bloch); and (24) India's Multilingualism: Paradigm and Paradox (Zarina Manawwar Hock). "3/5 of a Language?", a foreword by David Bloome, and "Reflections on Language Policies and Pedagogical Practices", an afterword by Jacqueline Jones Royster, Jerrie Cobb Scott, and Dolores Y. Straker, are included. An author index and a subject index are also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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