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On Becoming A Language Educator

Author: Christine Pears Casanave
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136493875
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These personal essays by first and second language researchers and practitioners reflect on issues, events, and people in their lives that helped them carve out their career paths or clarify an important dimension of their missions as educators. Their narratives depict the ways in which professionals from diverse backgrounds and work settings have grappled with issues in language education that concern all of us: the sources and development of beliefs about language and education, the constructing of a professional identity in the face of ethical and ideological dilemmas, and the constraints and inspirations of teaching and learning environments. They have come together as a collective to engage in a courageous new form of academic discourse, one with the potential to change the field. Many of the authors write their stories of having begun their work with voices positioned at the margins. Now, as established professionals, they feel strong enough collectively to risk the telling and, through their telling, to encourage other voices. This volume is intended to provide graduate students, teachers, and researchers in language education with insights into the struggles that characterize the professional development of language educators. Both readers and contributors should use the stories to view their own professional lives from fresh perspectives -- and be inspired to reflect in new ways on the ideological, ethical, and philosophical underpinnings of their professional personae.

Professional Development For Language Teachers

Author: Jack C. Richards
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521613835
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This much-needed text provides a coherent and strategic approach to teacher development Teacher Development for Language Teachers examines ten different approaches for facilitating professional development in language teaching: self-monitoring, support groups, journal writing, classroom observation, teaching portfolios, analysis of critical incidents, case analysis, peer coaching, team teaching, and action research. The introductory chapter provides a conceptual framework. All chapters contain practical examples and reflection questions to help readers apply the approach in their own teaching context.

Spirituality Social Justice And Language Learning

Author: David I. Smith
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
ISBN: 9781593115999
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This book sets out to explore the intersections between matters not frequently yoked in academic discussions: spirituality, social justice, and the learning of world languages. The contributing authors contend not only that these intersections exist, but that they are the site of issues and realities that require the attention of language educators and point to avenues of growth for the language teaching profession. The essays included seek to indicate the possibilities of a neglected area of inquiry, not only in terms of theory but also in terms of the practices of language education. Given this aim of opening up fresh questions, the book is arranged so as to show the relevance of the nexus of spirituality and social justice to teacher education (chapters 3 and 4), language classroom practices (chapters 5 and 6), and the theoretical sources that inform scholarly discussion of language education (chapters 7 and 8). The opening chapters place these explorations in a larger context by showing how they fit into existing social contexts and academic discussions.

Early Childhood Language Arts

Author: Mary Renck Jalongo
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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* Describes the level of preparedness essential to contemporary early childhood educators to function well within diverse groups of language learners. * Reiterates the importance of interaction between children and the adults and institutions surrounding them, emphasizing the new development of full-service schools to offer children a wide array of support services right at school. * A Fact File at the beginning of each chapter enables students to actually see how research can inform and influence practice. * Strong emphasis is placed on collaboration with families and professionals in other fields to support literacy growth. * Standards to guide professional practice provide the latest information on national standards affecting the teaching of language arts. * To Literacy Through Literature feature shows students how to successfully incorporate childrens literature in their teaching. * A Practitioners Guide to ... provides an in-depth look at various issues of concern to early childhood practitioners.

Language Teachers Narratives Of Practice

Author: Lesley Harbon
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443866326
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Language Teachers’ Narratives of Practice is a collection of seventeen essays that examine personal and professional stories of, and by, language teachers in diverse Australian contexts. The voices of twenty-one Australian language teachers in all, describe teachers’ own linguistic and cultural, personal and professional narratives, and how each narrative has informed the construction of their classroom language teaching practice to suit their teaching contexts. We see how teachers make individual responses to emerging pedagogies, developed through the lens of their personal experience and understanding of language and culture. In our invitations to these teachers to contribute chapters to the book, we have encouraged them to make visible the diversity within the Australian language teaching context. This is a new resource for use in a professional development context, for pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, tertiary teacher educators and researchers. This resource will serve as a practical text for teachers to draw on, to extend their own professional knowledge and classroom practice in relevant, useful and diverse areas. The narratives can be examined as case studies of teacher identity and life-worlds, development of pedagogies, intercultural learning, and the differentiation and adaptation needed in particular environments, within a diverse environment such as Australia.

Making The Connection

Author: Carolyn Temple Adger
Publisher: Delta Systems Company Incorporated
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Papers from a conference on the role of language in the academic achievement of African Americans include: "Language Diversity and Academic Achievement in the Education of African American Students: An Overview of the Issues" (John R. Rickford); "The Language of African American Students in Classroom Discourse" (Courtney B. Cazden); "Enhancing Bidialectalism in Urban African American Students" (Kelli Harris-Wright); "Repercussions from the Oakland Ebonics Controversy: The Critical Role of Dialect Awareness Programs" (Walt Wolfram); "Considerations in Preparing Teachers for Linguistic Diversity" (John Baugh); "The Case for Ebonics as Part of Exemplary Teacher Preparation" (Terry Meier); "Language Policy and Classroom Practices" (Geneva Smitherman); "Language, Diversity, and Assessment: Ideology, Professional Practice, and the Achievement Gap" (Asa G. Hilliard, III); and "Lessons Learned from the Ebonics Controversy: Implications for Language Assessment" (Anna F. Vaughn-Cooke). The text of the testimony of Orlando L. Taylor on the subject of Ebonics is appended. (MSE)

Reflections On Multiliterate Lives

Author: Diane Dewhurst Belcher
Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd
ISBN: 9781853595226
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Reflection on Multiliterate Lives is a collection of personal accounts, in narrative and interview format, of the formative literacy experiences of highly successful second language users, all of who are professional academics. Representing fourteen countries in origin, the contributors, well-known specialists in language teaching as well as a variety of other fields in the social and physical sciences, recount in their own words past and present struggles and successes as learners of language and of much else.