LINGUIST List 12.148

Mon Jan 22 2001

Books: Bilingualism & Multilingualism

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Message 1: Bilingualism & Multilingualism: Reflections on Multiliterate Lives

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 11:19:08 +0000
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Subject: Bilingualism & Multilingualism: Reflections on Multiliterate Lives


Edited by Diane Belcher (Ohio State University) & 
Ulla Connor (Indiana University at Indianapolis)

All those interested or involved in the language debates--English only
vs. English plus; the so-called "standard" vs. many varieties of
English; monolingual vs. bilingual education--will benefit from the
essays and interviews collected by Belcher and Connor. Read on as a
group of highly successful professionals demonstrate the power and
rewards of multiliteracy. Andrea Lunsford, Professor of English,
Stanford University

Belcher and Connor have brought together a fascinating collection of
narratives of successful second language acquisition, which will be of
interest to all language teachers and researchers. These first person
accounts increase our understanding of the impact of L2 literacy
acquisition on identity, and powerfully demonstrate the role played by
social, cultural, historical and institutional factors in language
development. Jill Bell, York University

Reflections on Multiliterate Lives is a collection of personal
accounts, in narrative and interview format, of the formative literacy
experiences of highly successful second language users, all of whom
are professional ademics. Representing fourteen countries of origin,
the contributors, who are well known specialists in language teaching
as well as a variety of other fields in the social and physical
sciences, compellingly recount in their own words their past and
present struggles and successes as learners of language and of much
Part I. Language Specialists as Language Learners
1. The Fortunate Traveller: Shuttling Between Communities and
 Literacies by Economy Class Suresh Canagarajah; 
2. Initiating into Academic Community Vijay K. Bhatia; 
3. Reminiscences of a Multilingual Life Nils Erik Enkvist; 
4. Developing Literacy Can and Should Be Fun: But Only Sometimes Is 
 H�kan Ringbom; 
5. Straddling Three Worlds Anna S�ter; 
6. How a Speaker of Two Second Languages Becomes a Writer in a
 Foreign Language Adina Levine; 
7. From L1 to L12: The Confessions of a Sometimes Frustrated Multiliterate 
 Andrew D. Cohen; 
8. My Experience of Learning to Read and Write in Japanese as L1 and English 
 as L2 Ryuko Kubota; 
9. An Introspective Account of L2 Writing Acquisition Miyuki Sasaki; 
10. Writing from Chinese to English Jun Liu

Part II. Crossing Cultures Across the Disciplines
11. Learning is a Life-long Process Ming-Daw Tsai; 
12. Linguistic Experiences of a Mathematical Career Louis de Branges; 
13. Taking the Best from a Number of Worlds: An Interview 
 Hooshang Hemami & Diane Belcher; 
14. Growing up Trilingual: Memories of an Armenian/Arabic/English Speaker 
 Anahid Dervartanian Kulwicki; 
15. "How Can I Help Make a Difference?": An Interview Robert Agunga & Diane
16. A Professional Academic Life in Two Languages: An Interview
 Mar�a Juli� & Diane Belcher; 
17. On Being a Citizen of the World: An Interview Luis Proenza & Ulla Connor; 
18. The Advantages of Starting Out Multilingual: An Interview 
 Steven Beering & Ulla Connor; 
Guiding Questions

Diane Belcher is director of the ESL Composition Program at the Ohio
State University. She serves as co-editor of the journal English for
Specific Purposes as well as co-editor of the Michigan Series on
Teaching Multilingual Writers. She has also co-edited several book
including Academic Writing in a Second Language: Essays on Research
and Pedagogy (1995) and Linking Literacies: Perspectives on L2
Reading- Writing Connections (2001). Ulla Connor has taught ESL/EFL
and applied linguistics for the past thirty years in the U.S.,
Finland, Sweden, Japan, Venezuela and Slovakia and has lectured at
universities around the world. Her research has been on L2 reading and
writing. She has edited and authored number of books including
Contrastive Rhetoric: Cross-cultural Aspects of Second Language
Writing (1996).

Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 26 (BE26) February 2001 210 x
148mm 211 pp
Hbk ISBN 1-85359-522-5 �49.00/ US$79.95/ CAN$99.95
Pbk ISBN 1-85359-521-7 �19.95/ US$29.95/ CAN$39.95 

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