ERIC Number: EJ746008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 47
Fostering Biliteracy in a Monolingual Milieu: Reflections on Two Counter-Hegemonic English Immersion Classes
Manyak, Patrick C.
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v6 n3 p241-266 2006
This article presents data from two yearlong ethnographic studies of the biliteracy instruction and development of young Latina/o children in two counter-hegemonic English immersion classes in the English-only milieu established by California's Proposition 227. The author first describes the struggle that the teachers engaged in as they sought to resist the propositions monolingual mandate by affirming and extending their students developing bilingualism and biliteracy. Next, utilizing trenchant examples of the instruction, practices, and products of biliteracy in the classrooms, the article creates an impressionistic portrait of the strategies, possibilities, and limitations of pursuing biliteracy in this monolingual milieu. The author concludes by offering several theoretical and practical reflections on young children's biliteracy development in less-than-ideal political and programmatic settings. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
Descriptors: Monolingualism, Ethnography, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education, Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Spanish Speaking, English Only Movement, Educational Environment, Politics of Education, State Legislation, Elementary Education, Second Language Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 227 (California 1998)