It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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Language, Power and Pedagogy: Bilingual Children in the Crossfire
KEY FEATURES * 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
DESCRIPTION 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.
CONTENTS 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 Reference
Subject (Book Data classification): Teaching of ethnic minorities (E352), Bilingualism and multilingualism (L225)