ERIC Number: EJ822313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Language and Literacy in the Pentecostal Church and the Public High School: A Case Study of a Mexican ESL Student
Ek, Lucila D.
High School Journal, v92 n2 p1-13 Dec 2008-Jan 2009
Drawing from a multi-year ethnography of a Latino/a immigrant Pentecostal church and from high school observations and interviews of three focal students, this article compares the language and literacy experiences of an immigrant Mexican Pentecostal adolescent in church and school contexts. I document how the youth's Sunday school class fostered a collective, supportive, and caring environment while his high school was marked by isolation, alienation, and hostility. The church afforded him opportunities to engage in rich language and literacy practices, and through his participation he became a competent member of the church. In contrast, his language and literacy classes at school were characterized by a lack of effective instruction and a watered-down curriculum. Sociocultural theory and critical pedagogy serve as frameworks to shed light on how schooling is embedded in the social, cultural, and political context. Implications and recommendations for schools, teachers, and administrators are offered.
Descriptors: High Schools, Critical Theory, Literacy Education, Ethnography, Immigrants, Mexicans, High School Students, Public Schools, Mexican Americans, English (Second Language), Churches, Interviews, Language Usage, Educational Environment, Student Participation, Social Isolation, Social Attitudes, Instructional Effectiveness, Social Theories, Teaching Methods, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Politics of Education
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Education Level: High Schools
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