Sociocultural Contexts of Language and Literacy

ISBN-10: 0805843418
ISBN-13: 9780805843415
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
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Description: Sociocultural Contexts of Language and Literacy, Second Editionengages prospective and in-service teachers in learning about linguistically and culturally diverse students, and in using this knowledge to enrich literacy learning in classrooms and  More...

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List price: $60.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/18/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 4.246
Language: English

Sociocultural Contexts of Language and Literacy, Second Editionengages prospective and in-service teachers in learning about linguistically and culturally diverse students, and in using this knowledge to enrich literacy learning in classrooms and communities. The text is grounded in current research and theory that integrate sociocultural and constructivist concepts and perspectives and provide a framework teachers can use to develop strategies for teaching reading, writing, and thinking to diverse students. The focus on English literacy development does not imply advocacy for "English only" or ESL as the primary mode of literacy instruction. Rather, the authors take the position that learners need to develop literacy in their native language and that the concepts and skills learned in developing the native language create a foundation of strength from which students can develop English literacy. Part I introduces relevant research and language learning theories. Part II provides research reviews and information about literacy learning within specific culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The chapters in Part III challenge the reader to view the multiple social, intellectual, cultural, and language differences children bring to the classroom as an opportunity for learning and building on the diversity among students. Activities and suggested readings at the end of each chapter involve readers in reflection, observation, meaning making, and the construction of application processes for their new understandings. New in theSecond Edition: *updated research and theory on multilingual and second language literacy; *a focus on the interpretation of these research findings to make them useful for teachers and teacher educators in understanding and articulating the research bases for literacy practices; *attention to current intensely debated issues, such as standards, the phonics movement, and high-stakes testing; and *new activities and suggested readings.

Preface
Theoretical Perspectives on Language and Literacy
Literacy, Diversity, and Programmatic Responses
A Sociocultural Theory of Literacy
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the United States
Programs for Linguistically Diverse Students
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
References
Language, Literacy, and Biliteracy
Sociocultural Perspectives to Literacy
Research on Literacy and Biliteracy
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
References
Writing Across Writing Systems
Emergent Writing
Writing Systems
Language Discourse Differences
Learning a Second System of Writing
Implications for the Classroom
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
References
Language and Literacy Acquisition in Diverse Communities
Language and Literacy in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
The Sociohistorical Context of American Indian
Alaska Native Education
Language and Culture Diversity Among Indigenous Communities Today
Linking Home, Community, and School
Learning the School Language and the School Ways: The Literacy Continuum in Practice
Reading and Writing in the Heritage Language and English
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
References
Language, Culture, and Literacy in Puerto Rican Communities
The Sociocultural Conditions of Puerto Ricans in the United States
The Culture of Schools and Classrooms
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
References
Language and Literacy in Vietnamese American Communities
The Vietnamese Migration to the United States: Historical, Demographic, Social, Economic, Emotional, and Educational Data
Different Ethnic and Language Groups From Southeast Asia
Elements of the Vietnamese Language
The Cultural Context of Language Learning
Perception of Education by Vietnamese Parents and Students
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
References
Language and Literacy in Chinese American Communities
Diversity and Commonality Within the Chinese American Community
Selected Orthographic Effect of Chinese Language on Academic Development
A Sociocultural Perspective of the Home-Community-School-Based Learning Environment of Inner-City Chinese American Students
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
References
Literacy and Instruction in African American Communities: Shall We Overcome?
Language and Literacy From a Historical Perspective
Literacy and Oracy
Literacy, Instruction, and Social Stratification
Literacy Instruction: Social Reconstruction and Guiding Principles
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
References
Emergent Spanish Writing of a Second Grader in a Whole-Language Classroom
Literacy Studies in Mexican American Communities
The Context of Schooling for Spanish-Speaking Students
Case-Study Research
Plan of the Case Study
Text Features of Writing Samples
Discussion
Cognitive and Social Strategies
Education Implications
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
References
Literacy Development in Multilingual, Multicultural Classrooms
Making Decisions About Literacy Instructional Practices
Constructing the Context of Literacy
Approaches to Literacy Instruction
Literacy Curriculum Standards
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
Children's Literature Cited
References
Creating a Classroom Community for Literacy
Meeting the Needs of Individual Students and Diversity in the Classroom
Literacy as Collaboration
The Teacher's Role in Biliteracy
Creating a Multicultural Classroom Community
Capitalizing on Students' Languages to Create a Multilevel Literate Community
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
Children's Literature Cited
References
Literacy, Curriculum, and Language Diversity
Developing a Literacy Curriculum
Literacy Assessment
Suggested Data or Evidence for Starting a Portfolio System
Summary
Activities
Suggested Readings
References
Children's Literature Cited
About the Authors
Author Index
Subject Index

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