LINGUIST List 15.1445

Thu May 6 2004

Books: Applied Linguistics: Goldstein

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  1. Susan.Barker, Teaching and Learning in a Multilingual School: Goldstein

Message 1: Teaching and Learning in a Multilingual School: Goldstein

Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 10:22:56 -0400 (EDT)
From: Susan.Barker <>
Subject: Teaching and Learning in a Multilingual School: Goldstein

Title: Teaching and Learning in a Multilingual School
Subtitle: Choices, Risks, and Dilemmas
Publication Year: 2003
Author: Tara Goldstein, University of Toronto 

Paperback: ISBN: 0805840168, Pages: 248, Price: U.S. $: 27.50

Teaching and Learning in a Multilingual School: Choices, Risks, and
Dilemmas is for teachers and teacher educators working in communities
that educate children who do not speak English as a first language. At
the center of the book are findings from a four-year critical
ethnographic case study of a Canadian high school with a large number
of emigrant students from Hong Kong and rich descriptions of the
multitude of ways teachers and students thought about, responded to,
and negotiated the issues and dilemmas that arose. The solutions and
insights they derived from their experiences of working across
linguistic, cultural, and racial differences will be extremely
valuable to educators in other locales that have become home to large
numbers of immigrant families. The book is designed to help readers
think about how the issues and dilemmas in the case study manifest
themselves in their own communities and how to apply the insights they
gain to their own teaching and learning contexts:

* Each chapter includes four components: an excerpt from the
ethnographic study; an analytic commentary on the ethnographic text
drawn from a variety of theoretical perspectives and academic
disciplines (including interactionist sociolinguistics, language
minority education, English as a Second Language education, critical
literacy, anti-racist education, and critical teacher education); a
pedagogical discussion; and suggestions for further reflection and

* The book features the use of ethnographic play writing to engage
readers with the issues that arise in multicultural/multilingual
schools. The author's play Hong Kong, Canada is included in its
entirety and is used to stimulate further discussion of the issues
raised in each of the chapters.

* Although it is organized around two different kinds of schooling
dilemmas - dilemmas of speech and silence, and dilemmas of
discrimination - everyday dilemmas of curriculum and assessment are
also discussed throughout the book.

* A methodological discussion of the choices the author made while
designing, conducting, and writing up the critical ethnographic case
study makes the book useful in qualitative research methodology

* A set of strategies and activities is provided for helping students
develop English oral presentation skills. 

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