Educating Emergent Bilinguals
Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Language Learners
AUTHOR: GarcÃƒÂa, Ofelia and Kleifgen, Jo Anne
PUBLISHER: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
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This comprehensive and insightful book shows how present educational policies and practices to educate language minority students in the United States ignore an essential characteristic, their emergent bilingualism. Expanding on a popular report supported by the Campaign for Educational Equity (Teachers College), this accessible guide compiles 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, curricular and pedagogical innovations, new approaches to parent and community engagement, and adoptive 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.
PUBLICATION DATE: 10/24/2010
CATEGORY: Education, Language Arts & Disciplines