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Wed Jun 06 2012

Books: Harnessing Linguistic Variation to Improve Education: Yiakoumetti (Ed)

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Date: 06-Jun-2012
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Subject: Harnessing Linguistic Variation to Improve Education: Yiakoumetti (Ed)
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Title: Harnessing Linguistic Variation to Improve Education Series Title: Rethinking Education - Volume 5 Published: 2012 Publisher: Peter Lang AG

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Editor: Androula Yiakoumetti Paperback: ISBN: 9783034307260 Pages: 328 Price: U.S. $ 69.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034307260 Pages: 328 Price: U.K. £ 45.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034307260 Pages: 328 Price: Europe EURO 50.00 Comment: for Germany EURO 53.50, for Austria EURO 55.00 (incl. VAT)

This volume brings together research carried out in a variety of geographicand linguistic contexts including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, theCaribbean, Europe and the United States and explores efforts to incorporatelinguistic diversity into education and to 'harness' this diversity for learners'benefit. It challenges the largely anachronistic ideology that promotesexclusive use of an educational monolingual standard variety and advocatesthe use in formal education of aboriginal/indigenous languages, minoritylanguages, nonstandard varieties and contact languages.

The contributors examine both historical and current practices for includinglinguistic diversity in education by considering specific bidialectal, bilingualand multilingual educational initiatives. The different geographical andlinguistic settings covered in the volume are linked together by a unifyingtheme: linguistic diversity exists all over the world, but it is very rarely utilizedeffectively for the benefit of students. When it is used, whether in isolatedstudies or through governmental initiatives, the research findings pointsystematically to the many educational advantages experienced bylinguistically-diverse students. This book will be of interest to teachers andlanguage practitioners, as well as to students and scholars of language andeducation.

Contents: Androula Yiakoumetti: Rethinking Linguistic Diversity in Education- Stephen May: Educational Approaches to Minorities: Context, Contest andOpportunities - Ofelia García/Nelson Flores/Heather Homonoff Woodley:Transgressing Monolingualism and Bilingual Dualities: TranslanguagingPedagogies - Suresh Canagarajah/Madhav Kafle/Yumi Matsumoto: WorldEnglishes in Local Classrooms - Sandra Lee McKay: English as anInternational Language, Multilingualism and Language Planning - LindaTsung: Rethinking Multilingual Education for Minority Students in China -Peter Garrett/Josep M. Cots/David Lasagabaster/Enric Llurda:Internationalization and the Place of Minority Languages in Universities inThree European Bilingual Contexts: A Comparison of Student Perspectives inthe Basque Country, Catalonia and Wales - Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu: TheMedium-of-Instruction Conundrum and 'Minority' Language Development inAfrica - Jessica Ball/Barbara May Hanford Bernhardt: Standard English as aSecond Dialect: A Canadian Perspective - Ian G. Malcolm/Adriano Truscott:English Without Shame: Two-Way Aboriginal Classrooms in Australia - JeffSiegel: Educational Approaches for Speakers of Pidgin and CreoleLanguages - Androula Yiakoumetti: The Dangers of Dialects: Debunking (orSubstantiating) the Myths.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics                             Sociolinguistics
Written In: English (eng)

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