ERIC Number: EJ776391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 6
Second-Language Issues and Multiculturalism, Part 2
Mallozzi, Christine A., Comp.; Malloy, Jacquelynn A., Comp.
Reading Research Quarterly, v42 n4 p590-597 Oct-Dec 2007
This compilation represents the second installment of reports on second language and multicultural issues. Six of the 13 international reports received in response to the questionnaire were published in "Reading Research Quarterly," volume 42, number 3. These seven reports were filed by International Research Correspondents (IRC) and are presented as summaries of questionnaire responses received from informed professionals in their regions, such as teacher educators, researchers, policymakers, and publishers. The countries covered are: (1) Argentina (Melina Porto); (2) Australia (Jan Turbill); (3) Estonia (Meeli Pandis); (4) Malaysia (Maya K. David); (5) Mexico and Mexico-United States borderlands (Patrick Smith); (6) Oman (Aly Amer); and (7) South Africa (Mastin Prinsloo). Socioeconomic issues were apparent in respondents' answers to questions about second-language instruction. More affluent sectors of populations were reported to have greater access to resources for second language learning, which often resulted in increases in social and professional opportunities. Further, teacher education on second-language instruction often depended on accessibility of training programs. The questions pertaining to multiculturalism prompted the most fervent responses and ranged from distrust that the concept of multiculturalism could be elevated beyond superficial lip service to a belief that multiculturalism is a necessary and driving force in education and social reform.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Social Action, Teacher Educators, Second Languages, Questionnaires, English (Second Language), Elementary Secondary Education, Multilingualism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Argentina; Australia; Estonia; Malaysia; Mexico; Oman; South Africa; United States