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ERIC Number: ED523596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 192
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-5181-2
Words Were All We Had: Becoming Biliterate against the Odds. Language & Literacy Series
de la Luz Reyes, Maria, Ed.
Teachers College Press
This engaging collection examines the personal narratives of a select group of well-respected educators who attained biliteracy at a young age, and in the era before bilingual education. Their autobiographical accounts celebrate and make visible a linguistic potential that has been largely ignored in schools and underscores the inextricable and emotional ties that Latinos have to Spanish. Teachers can glean important lessons about the individual potential of their Latino students from the lived experiences of Latinos whose success dispels the myth that Spanish is an obstacle to learning. These stories of tenacity and resilience offer hope for a new generation of bilingual learners who are too often forced to choose between English and their native language. Book features include: (1) Unique views of how Latino students navigated a restrictive schooling system that continues to ignore Latinos' linguistic and cultural resources; (2) Powerful accounts of the support that Latino parents provided their children to do well in school and strive for excellence; and (3) Illustration of the important role that caring teachers can play in a child's life when they encourage students' to learn in two languages. [Foreword by Luis C. Moll.]
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States