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ERIC Number: EJ788594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0360-9170
Being and Becoming: Multilingual Writers' Practices
Laman, Tasha Tropp; Van Sluys, Katie
Language Arts, v85 n4 p265-274 Mar 2008
Most new English language learners spend their school days in monolingual teachers' classrooms. This study examines the writing practices taken on and negotiated by multilingual class members within two multiage elementary classrooms. This article details the writing practices enacted and constructed in the daily writing lives of elementary writing communities and how multilingual students extended and transformed their learning community's existing literacy practices. Situating multilingual students as valued classroom community members opens up possibilities for students to engage with their new communities, draw upon their linguistic resources, and craft possible futures as multilingual people. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A