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Affirming Students' Right to their Own Language

Bridging Language Policies and Pedagogical Practices

Edited by Jerrie Cobb Scott, Dolores Y. Straker, Laurie Katz

Routledge – 2008 – 424 pages

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Description

A Co-publication of the National Council of Teachers of English and Routledge.

How can teachers make sound pedagogical decisions and advocate for educational policies that best serve the needs of students in today’s diverse classrooms? What is the pedagogical value of providing culturally and linguistically diverse students greater access to their own language and cultural orientations?

This landmark volume responds to the call to attend to the unfinished pedagogical business of the NCTE Conference on College Composition and Communication 1974 Students’ Right to Their Own Language resolution. Chronicling the interplay between legislated/litigated education policies and language and literacy teaching in diverse classrooms, it presents exemplary research-based practices that maximize students' learning by utilizing their home-based cultural, language, and literacy practices to help them meet school expectations.

Pre-service teachers, practicing teachers, and teacher educators need both resources and knowledge, including global perspectives, about language variation in PreK-12 classrooms and hands-on strategies that enable teachers to promote students’ use of their own language in the classroom while also addressing mandated content and performance standards. This book meets that need.

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Reviews

"Overall, the authors do a commendable job of educating the reader on the complexity and importance of how valuing students’ language is critical for them to succeed in our increasingly multilingual, multicultural school environments. It provides a rich discussion of language policies up to and after the passage of the first SRTOL act in 1974, with the editors effectively "unmasking" pedagogical practices that other teachers can draw from to implement SRTOL’s goal of supporting students’ language rights."—Education Review

"The book is of great value and is an excellent means of bringing attention to and promoting the principles of the SRTOL resolution…Critical language education scholars who work in the areas of teacher and graduate education will find this book very useful, with some chapters appropriate for use in their own classrooms, and others appropriate for informing their own research and advocacy efforts."—Teachers College Record

Contents

Contents

Foreword: 3/S of a Language? xi

DAVID BLOOME

Preface: Unmasking Support of Students’ Language Rights xvii

Acknowledgments xxiii

PART I SETTING THE CONTEXT

1 Cross-Currents in Language Policies and Pedagogical Practices

JERRIE COBB SCOTT DOLORES Y. STRAKER, AND LAURIE KATZ

2 Perspectives on Language Policies and Pedagogical Practices

Interview 1: Issues in Global and Local Language Policies

JOEL SPRING 18

Interview 2: An Insider’s View of African American Language

Policies and Pedagogies

GENEVA SMITHERMAN

Interview 3: The Law of Language in the United States

CRISTINA M. RODRIGUEZ

Language Learners

Interview 4: What Teachers Need to Know to Educate English

MARY CAROL COMBS

PART II EDUCATIONAL POLICIES, ATTITUDES, AND UNFULFILLED PROMISES

3 The Hidden Linguistic Legacies of Brown v. Board and No Child Left Behind

JOHN BAUGH AND AARON WELBORN 41

4 Portraits Counterportraits, and the Lives of Children:

Language, Culture, and Possibilities

RICK MEYER 54

5 Restore My Language and Treat Me Justly: Indigenous

Students’ Rights to Theft ‘fribal Languages

DOROTHY AGUILERA AND MARGARET D. LeCOMPTE 68

6 Power, Politics, and Pedagogies: Re-Imagining Students’ Right to Their Own Language Through Democratic Engagement

VALERI KINLOCH 85

7 Exploring Attitudes Toward Language Differences: Implications for Teacher Education Programs

LAURIE KATZ, JERRIE COBB SCOTT, AND XENIA HADJIOANNOU 99

8 Positionality: Using Self-Discovery to Enhance Pre-Service

Teachers’ Understanding of Language Differences

NANCY RANKlE SHELTON 117

9 Beyond the Silence: Instructional Approaches and Students’

DAVID E. KIRKLAND AND AUSTIN JACKSON 132

PART III TOWARD A PEDAGOGY OF SUCCESS IN CLASSROOMS

10 "We Have Our Own Language as Weil as the Languages We Bring’: Constructing Opportunities for Learning Through a

Language of the Classroom

BETH V. YEAGER AND JUDITH L. GREEN 153

11 "Taylor Cat is Black": Code-Switch to Add Standard English to

Students’ Linguistic Repertoires

REBECCA S. WHEELER 176

12 There’s No "1" Way to Tell a Story

LAURIE KATZ AND TEMPII CHAMPION 192

13 Culturally Responsive Read-Alouds in First Grade: Drawing Upon Children’s Languages and Cultures to Facilitate Literary

and Social Understandings

JEANE COPENHAVER-JOHNSON, JOY BOWMAN, AND ANGELA JOHNSON RIETSCHLIN 206

14 Developing Culturally Responsive Teacher Practitioners

Through Multicultural Literature

TAMARA L. JETTON, EMMA SAVAGE-DAVIS, AND MARIANNE BAKER 219

15 Educating the Whole Child: English Language Learners in a

Middle School

MARl HANEDA 232

16 New Chinese Immigrant Students’ Literacy Development:

From Heritage Language to Bilingualism

DANLING FU 247

17 High Stakes Testing and the Social Languages of Literature and Literate Achievement in Urban Classrooms

DOROTHEA ANAGNOSTOPOULOS

PART IV GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON LANGUAGE DIVERSITY AND LEARNING 262

18 Possibilities for Non-Standard Dialects in American

Classrooms: Lessons from a Greek Cypriot Class

XENIA HADJIOANNOU 275

19 The Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and Other Community

School Practices in Brazil

ANA CHRISTINA DASILVA IDDINGS 291

20 The Social Construction of Literacy in a Mexican Community:

Coming Soon to Your School?

PATRICK H. SMITH, LUZ A. MURILLO, AND ROBERT T. JIMENEZ 303

21 Multllingualism in Classrooms: The Paritetic School System of the Ladin Valleys in South Tyrol (Italy)

GERDA VIDESOTT 319

22 Educational Policies and Practices in Post-Apartheid South

Africa: The Case for Indigenous African Languages

NKONKO M. KAMWANGAMALU 329

23 Meaningful Early Literacy Learning Experiences: Lessons

from South Africa

CAROLE BLOCH 345

24 India’s Multilingualism: Paradigm and Paradox

ZARINA MANAWWAR HOCK 360

Afterword: Reflections on Language Policies and Pedagogical

Practices

JACQUELINE JONES ROYSTER, JERRIE COBB SCOTT,

AND DOLORES Y. STRAKER 376

Author Biographies 388

Author Index 403

Subject Index 411

Author Bio

Jerrie Cobb Scott is Professor of Urban Literacy and Director of the Reading Center at the University of Memphis.

Dolores Y. Straker (deceased) was Dean of the Raymond Walters College at the University of Cincinnati.

Laurie Katz is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at The Ohio State University.

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