In recent decades, the linguistic and cultural diversity of school populations in the United States and other industrialized countries has rapidly increased along with globalization processes. At the same time, schooling as it is currently constituted continues to be ineffective for large numbers of students. Exploring crucial issues that emerge at the intersection of linguistic diversity and education, this volume:
- provides an up-to-date review of sociolinguistic research and practice aimed at improving education for students who speak vernacular varieties of US English, English-based Creole languages, and non-English languages
- explores the impact of dialect differences and community languages on ethnolinguistically diverse students' academic achievement
- challenges the dominant monolingual Standard language ideology
- presents sociolinguistically based approaches to language and literacy education that acknowledge and build on the linguistic and cultural resources students bring into the school.
Throughout, the authors argue for the application of research-based knowledge to the dire situation (as measured by school failure and drop-out rates) of many ethnolinguistic populations in US schools. The overall aim of the volume is to heighten acknowledgement and recognition of the linguistic and cultural resources students bring into the schools and to explore ways in which these resources can be used to extend the sociolinguistic repertoires, including academic English, of all students.
Introduction : ethnolinguistic diversity in language and literacy education -- Part I, Ethnolinguistic diversity in the United States. Common myths and stereotypes regarding literacy and language diversity in the multilingual United States ; Language, education, and literacy in a Mexican transnational community ; "I'm speaking English instead of my culture" : portraits of language use and change among Native American youth ; Diverse literacy practices among Asian populations : implications for theory and pedagogy -- Part II, Integrating ethnolinguistic diversity into schooling. Dialect awareness, cultural literacy, and the public interest ; Ethnosensitivity in time and space : critical Hip Hop language pedagogies and Black language in the U.S. ; Standardized assessment of African American children : a sociolinguistic perspective ; Latino language practices and literacy education in the U.S. ; Language, literacy, and pedagogy of Carribean Creole English speakers ; From outside agitators to inside implementers : improving the literacy education of vernacular and Creole speakers.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 23rd November 2009