Bilingualism in Schools and Society: Language, Identity, and Policy

Routledge
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This book is an introduction to the social and educational aspects of bilingualism. It presents an overview of a broad range of sociolinguistic and political issues surrounding the use of two languages, including code-switching in popular music, advertising, and online social spaces. It offers a well-informed discussion of what it means to study and live with multiple languages in a globalized world and practical advice on raising bilingual children.
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Sarah J. Shin is Professor of Education and Co-Director of the M.A. TESOL Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Sep 10, 2012
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781136809972
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Bilingual Education
Language Arts & Disciplines / General
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / General
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Ofelia Garcia
This comprehensive and insightful book shows how present policies and practices to educate language minority students in the United States ignore an essential characteristic—their emergent bilingualism. In one accessible guide, the authors compile the most up-to-date research findings to demonstrate how ignoring children’s bilingualism perpetuates inequities in their schooling. What makes this book truly useful is that it offers a thorough description of alternative practices that would transform our schools and students’ futures, such as building on students’ home languages and literacy practices in schools, as well as incorporating curricular and pedagogical innovations, new approaches to parent and community engagement, and alternative assessment tools.

Providing critical research, rich theoretical perspective, and meaningful blueprints for effective pedagogy, Educating Emergent Bilinguals is essential reading for all teachers of language-minority students, as well as principals, superintendents, and policymakers.


Ofelia García is professor in the PhD programs in urban education and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Jo Anne Kleifgen is professor of linguistics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University.


“Perhaps once or twice a decade you read a book that is so lucid, convincing, and inspirational that you want to order copies for every teacher, administrator, and policymaker across the nation. Ofelia García and Jo Anne Kleifgen have written such a book.”

—From the Foreword by Jim Cummins, University of Toronto


“The best introduction to the education of English language learners available today.”

—Guadalupe Valdés, Stanford University

Sarah J. Shin
This revised edition of Bilingualism in Schools and Society is an accessible introduction to the sociolinguistic and educational aspects of and the political issues surrounding bilingualism, including code-switching in popular music, advertising, and online social spaces. It also addresses the personal aspect of the topic in a well-informed discussion of what it means to study and live with multiple languages in a globalized world and practical advice on raising bilingual children. Extensive new material has been added that deals with more holistic understandings of bilingual performance, including translanguaging, flexible bilingualism, and code-meshing; blending standard and vernacular languages/dialects in hybrid texts; and recent developments in policies surrounding the education of English Learners and EL assessment, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS), PARCC and SBAC testing, WIDA and ELPA21 language assessments, and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).?

Updated and new discussions on community-based heritage language programs and 'super-diversity' further enhance this new edition, along with updated statistics on bilingual populations and the world's top languages. Each chapter includes lists of further readings, helpful digital resources and study questions, as well as student activities and boxed vignettes. Firmly grounded in the analysis of empirical work with bilingual children and adults in various multilingual settings throughout the world, Bilingualism in Schools and Society is the ideal text for courses on bilingualism in language education programs.

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