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ERIC Number: ED533147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 322
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-3-0343-0726-0
Harnessing Linguistic Variation to Improve Education. Rethinking Education. Volume 5
Yiakoumetti, Androula, Ed.
Peter Lang Oxford
This volume brings together research carried out in a variety of geographic and linguistic contexts including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States and explores efforts to incorporate linguistic diversity into education and to "harness" this diversity for learners' benefit. It challenges the largely anachronistic ideology that promotes exclusive use of an educational monolingual standard variety and advocates the use in formal education of aboriginal/indigenous languages, minority languages, nonstandard varieties and contact languages. The contributors examine both historical and current practices for including linguistic diversity in education by considering specific bidialectal, bilingual and multilingual educational initiatives. The different geographical and linguistic settings covered in the volume are linked together by a unifying theme: linguistic diversity exists all over the world, but it is very rarely utilized effectively for the benefit of students. When it is used, whether in isolated studies or through governmental initiatives, the research findings point systematically to the many educational advantages experienced by linguistically-diverse students. This book will be of interest to teachers and language practitioners, as well as to students and scholars of language and education. Contents include: (1) Rethinking Linguistic Diversity in Education (Androula Yiakoumetti); (2) Educational Approaches to Minorities: Context, Contest and Opportunities (Stephen May); (3) Transgressing Monolingualism and Bilingual Dualities: Translanguaging Pedagogies (Ofelia Garcia, Nelson Flores, and Heather Homonoff Woodley); (4) World Englishes in Local Classrooms (Suresh Canagarajah, Madhav Kafle, and Yumi Matsumoto); (5) English as an International Language, Multilingualism and Language Planning (Sandra Lee McKay); (6) Rethinking Multilingual Education for Minority Students in China (Linda Tsung); (7) Internationalization and the Place of Minority Languages in Universities in Three European Bilingual Contexts: A Comparison of Student Perspectives in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Wales (Peter Garrett, Josep M. Cots, David Lasagabaster, and Enric Llurda); (8) The Medium-of-Instruction Conundrum and "Minority" Language Development in Africa (Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu); (9) Standard English as a Second Dialect: A Canadian Perspective (Jessica Ball and Barbara May Hanford Bernhardt); (10) English Without Shame: Two-Way Aboriginal Classrooms in Australia (Ian G. Malcolm and Adriano Truscott); (11) Educational Approaches for Speakers of Pidgin and Creole Languages (Jeff Siegel); and (12) The Dangers of Dialects: Debunking (or Substantiating) the Myths (Androula Yiakoumetti).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Asia; Australia; Canada; Spain; United Kingdom (Wales); United States