Language and Linguistics in Context Readings and Applications for Teachers

ISBN-10: 0805855009
ISBN-13: 9780805855005
Edition: 2006
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List price: $76.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/16/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Taking a sociocultural and educational approach,Language and Linguistics in Context: Readings and Applications for Teachers: *introduces basic linguistic concepts and current perspectives on language acquisition; *considers the role of linguistic change (especially in English) in the politics of language; *acknowledges the role of linguists in current policies involving language; *offers insights into the relationship between the structure of language systems and first- and second-language acquisition; the study of language across culture, class, race, gender, and ethnicity; and between language study and literacy and education; and *provides readers with a basis for understanding current educational debates about bilingual education, non-standard dialects, English only movements, literacy methodologies, and generally the importance to teaching of the study of language.nbsp;nbsp; nbsp; The text is organized into three thematic units – "What is Language and How is It Acquired?"; "How Does Language Change?";nbsp; and "What is Literacy?". To achieve both breadth and depth – that is, to provide a “big picture” view of basic linguistics and at the same time make it specific enough for the beginner – a selection of readings, including personal language narratives, is provided to both introduce and clarify linguistic concepts. The readings, by well-known theoretical and applied linguists and researchers from various disciplines, are diverse in level and range of topics and vary in level of linguistic formalism. nbsp; Pedagogical features: This text is designed for a range of courses in English and language arts, bilingualism, applied linguistics, and ESL courses in teacher education programs. Each unit contains a substantive introduction to the topic, followed by the readings. Each reading concludes withQuestions to Think Aboutincluding oneExtending Your Understandingquestion, and a short list ofTerms to Define. Each unit ends with additionalExtending Your Understanding and Making Connectionsactivities that engage readers in applying what they have read to teaching and suggested projects and a bibliography ofPrint and Web Resources.The readings and apparatus are arranged so that the material can be modified to fit many course plans and schemes of presentation. To help individual instructors make the most effective use of the text in specific classes, a set of matrixes is provided suggesting configurations of readings for different types of linguistics and education classes.

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He studied English, history and theology at University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953. After receiving a second-class degree, he taught for a while before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1954. He was working as a broadcaster when he wrote his first two novels, and then quit working to devote himself to writing full time. Unfortunately his literary career was cut short by the Nigerian Civil War. During this time he supported the ill-fated Biafrian cause and served abroad as a diplomat. He and his family narrowly escaped assassination. After the civil war, he abandoned fiction for a period in favor of essays, short stories, and poetry. His works include Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah, and There Was a Country. He also wrote four children's books including Chike and the River and How the Leopard Got His Claws. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for his "overall contribution to fiction on the world stage." He also worked as a professor of literature in Nigeria and the United States. He died following a brief illness on March 21, 2013 at the age of 82.

Preface
What Is Language and How Is It Acquired?
Introduction to
Language and Its Acquisition
Questions, Activities, and Resources
How Does Language Change?
The History of English and Language Change
Language Families
Where Did English Come From?
The Norman Conquest
People and Language
Queen's English
The New Linguistic Order
The African Writer and the English Language
Ebonic Need Not Be English
Language and Language Learning in the Face of World English
Gender Issues in Language Change
Homophobic Slang as Coercive Discourse Among College Students
Questions, Activities, and Resources
What Is Literacy?
Introduction to
Definitions of Literacy and Their Consequences
What Is Literacy?
The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse
Literacy and Learning Out of School: A Review of Theory and Research
Understanding Critical Writing
Language, Literacy, and Culture: Intersections and Implications
Educational Policy for the Transnational Dominican Community
Italian Patterns in the American Collandia Ladies' Club: How Do Women Make Bella Figura?
Women and Empowerment Through Literacy
Confessions of an English Professor: Globalization and the Anxiety of the (Standard) English Practice
Class Talk
Questions, Activities, and Resources

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