LINGUIST List 11.1361

Tue Jun 20 2000

Books: Language Education Policy

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  1. Kathryn King, Lang Education Policy: Language, Power & Pedagogy, J. Cummins

Message 1: Lang Education Policy: Language, Power & Pedagogy, J. Cummins

Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 15:43:19 +0100
From: Kathryn King <>
Subject: Lang Education Policy: Language, Power & Pedagogy, J. Cummins

Bilingual Children in the Crossfire

Jim Cummins
(Modern Language Centre, OISE, University of Toronto)

* Links theory, research, policy and practice as a means of contributing
 to the improvement of educational practice
* Cummins conceptualises the relationship between theory and practice as
 two-way and ongoing
* Not only explores language learning and teaching issues, but also the
 influence of power relations in society

As linguistic diversity increases in countries around the world,
policy- makers and educators are faced with complex and conflictual
egarding appropriate ways of educating a multilingual school
population. This volume reviews the research and theory relating to
instruction and assessment of bilingual pupils, focusing not only on
issues of language learning and teaching but also the ways in which
power relations in the wider society affect patterns of teacher-pupil
interaction in the classroom.

PART I Theory as Dialogue
1. Issues and Contexts; 2. Language Interaction in the Classroom: from
Coercive to Collaborative Relations of Power
Part II The Nature of Language Proficiency
3. Language Proficiency in Academic Contexts; 4. Critiques of the
Conversational/Academic Language Proficiency Distinction; 5. Assessing
Second Language Proficiency among Adults; 6. Dilemmas of Inclusion
PART III From Bilingual Education to Transformative Pedagogy
7. The Threshold and Interdependence Hypotheses Revisited; 8. Research,
Theory and Policy in Bilingual Education: Evaluating the Credibility of
Empirical Data; 9. Challenging the Discourse of Disempowerment through
Critical Dialogue; 10. Transformative Pedagogy
Jim Cummins teaches at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research
has focused on the nature of language proficiency and second language
acquisition with particular emphasis on the social and educational
barriers that limit academic success for culturally diverse students. 

Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 23 (BE23)
September 2000 Format: 245 x 174mm v+306 pp
Hbk ISBN: 1-85359-474-1 �49.95/ US$79.95/ CAN$99.95
Pbk ISBN: 1-85359-473-3 �21.95/ US$34.95/ CAN$44.95

Subject (Book Data classification): Teaching of ethnic minorities (E352)
 Bilingualism and multilingualism
Level: research/ professionals (R)/ postgraduate (P)/ undergraduate (U)
Territory: world rights
MM Series: BE
MM Subject interests: 100, 110, 1000

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