Agendas for Second Language Literacy / Edition 1

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This text examines sociopolitical, economic, familial, and educational agendas that influence attainment of second language literacy. This book examines the sociopolitical, economic, familial, and educational agendas that influence an immigrant's attainment of literacy in a new language. Each agenda is introduced through illuminating case studies drawn from research in North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The book addresses teachers and teachers-in-training involved in second language education, whether their students are in special language classes, bilingual education, or enrolled in the mainstream curriculum. It also provides valuable insights to individuals responsible for developing second language literacy policies in the political, labor, and educational sectors.
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'Throughout the text McKay has sensitively and effectively used "language minority" case studies to demonstrate inherent cultural differences as well as to provide valuable comparative insights … Agendas for Second Language Literacy is a valuable reference text for those teachers and educators who are ready to participate in the conversation and for those seeking to explore and understand the issues surrounding second language literacy from a broader perspective than the classroom.' TESOL in Context, 1995

'This book is essential reading for any TESOL teachers who want to understand the broader social and political context in which they are operating ... It is both refreshing and inspiring to read a book which gives such a comprehensive overview of the political and social contexts of second language literacy. I recommend this book to lecturers of TESOL and literacy teacher training courses; and I particularly recommend it to teachers themselves who constantly battle to understand all the agendas and to do the best they can for their learners.' Prospect, 1995

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521446648
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: Cambridge Language Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
1 The plurality of literacies 1
Definitions of literacy 2
An individual skill perspective 9
A sociohistorical perspective 16
2 Sociopolitical agendas for second language literacy 25
The role of literacy in the sociopolitical arena 26
Language planning 27
National language policies 29
Immigration and naturalization policies 33
Literacy campaigns 38
Designation of the medium of instruction 42
3 Economic agendas for second language literacy 51
The role of literacy in the economic arena 52
Government-sponsored job training for language minorities 53
Recognition of overseas qualifications 58
Language minorities in the unskilled and nonunionized labor market 61
Language minorities in the unionized labor market 64
Workplace literacy 66
4 Family agendas for second language literacy 75
The role of literacy in the family 76
Research on language minority family literacy 78
Family literacy programs 85
Family literacy and school literacy 89
Family literacy in context 91
5 Educational agendas for second language literacy 98
The role of literacy in education 99
Second language literacy programs 100
Second language literacy curriculum 108
Second language literacy assessment 115
6 Agendas for second language literacy 125
Literacy as a problem 125
Literacy agendas 130
References 137
Index 147
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