Language Use in the Two-way Classroom

Language Use in the Two-way Classroom

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Based on an extended ethnographic study of a dual language (Spanish-English) kindergarten, this book takes a critical look at children's linguistic (and non-linguistic) interactions and the ways that teaching design can help or hinder language development. With a focus on official `Spanish time', it explores the particular challenges of supporting the minority language use as well as the teacher's strategies for doing so. In bilingual classrooms, teachers' goals include bilingualism as well as academic achievement for all. The children may share these interests, but have their own agendas as well. This book explores the linguistic and social interactions that may help, or hinder, these multiple and sometimes conflicting agendas. How can teachers design educational practice that takes into consideration broader forces of language hegemony as well as children's immediate interests? qThe numerous rich examples of the effectiveness of different strategies and practices within a variety of instructional contexts make this book essential reading for educators, parents, students and researchers interested in second language education. DePalma's findings will have important implications for program design, interventions, curriculum and instructional practices in second language learning programs.q Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, San Jose State University, USAThese activities generally related to a broader theme in the curriculum, reflecting the enthusiasm Sra. ... For example, one science-related Tables project required the children to cut out pictures of animals and paste them together according toanbsp;...

Title:Language Use in the Two-way Classroom
Author:Renée DePalma
Publisher:Multilingual Matters - 2010


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