The power of culture : teaching across language difference /
edited by Zeynep F. Beykont.
Cambridge, MA : Harvard Education Pub. Group, c2002.
xxxvi, 249 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Cambridge, MA : Harvard Education Pub. Group, c2002.
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Beykont examines educational reform and teacher preparation strategies for English learners in mainstream classrooms. Divided into three sections, the volume focuses on effects of high stakes testing on English language learners in Massachusetts, Texas, and California; instruction in the mainstream classrooms of language minority students; and preparing teachers for culturally diverse students. Contributors to the first section analyze the Educational Reform Law in Massachusetts; education progress in Texas; and California's challenge to provide qualified teachers for English learners. The essays in part 2 explain how one teacher in Philadelphia effectively promoted the literacy development of Cambodian English learners in the mainstream classroom; show how four teachers implemented effective literacy practices for bilingual learners using dialogue journals, reader generated questions, shared reading, and word cards; expound on standards for good writing, including unique rubrics for seventh grade and ESL; and focus on using the arts and oral history to construct culturally inclusive classroom communities. Part 3 offers contributions on teacher preparation. Although the dominant emphasis is on Massachusetts, the collection informs the current conversations about high stakes testing for English language learners, effective strategies for teaching language minority students in a mainstream classroom, and preparing individuals to teach English learners. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All upper-division students in teacher preparation programs. D. L. Norland Luther College
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. vii
Educational Reforms and Language Minority Studentsp. 1
The High Stakes of High-Stakes Testingp. 3
Revealing Illusions of Educational Progress: Texas High-Stakes Tests and Minority Student Performancep. 25
A Quest for Quality: Providing Qualified Teachers for California's English Learnersp. 43
Successful Teaching Across Language Differencep. 71
"Remember I Said": Cambodian Students' Second Language Literacy Development in a Mainstream Classroomp. 73
Teaching Bilingual Students in Mainstream Classroomsp. 89
Agents of Literacy Change: Working with Somali Students in an Urban Middle Schoolp. 121
Connecting Classroom and Community through the Arts and Oral Narrativep. 147
Preparing Teachers to Teach Across Language Differencep. 165
Creating an Equal Playing Field: Teachers as Advocates, Border Crossers, and Cultural Brokersp. 167
What We Would Have Liked to Know: Preservice Teachers' Perspectives on Effective Teacher Preparationp. 193
"You Can't Step on Someone Else's Words": Preparing All Teachers to Teach Language Minority Studentsp. 219
About the Authorsp. 245
About the Editorp. 249
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