Between Worlds: Access to Second Language Acquisition / Edition 2

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In exploring the worlds inside and outside the school, Between Worlds explains second language acquisition theory and examines social and cultural factors that affect the school performance of language minority students. The authors make theory come to life by focusing on English learners who represent a range of ages, languages, and cultures. Discussions of how the social context of schooling influences the educational context are illustrated with classroom examples that successfully put second language acquisition theory into practice and promote cultural sensitivity. One chapter describes effective programs that involve parents and other community members in the education of language minority students. Another suggests approaches to classroom discipline consistent with a holistic, student-centered approach to teaching. A final section, "Back in Again," explores ways educators can bring the world of mainstream school society and the world of English language learners together through classroom-based research. Teachers, counselors, paraprofesssionals, administrators, parents, and others involved in the education of language minority students will find Between Worlds an invaluable resource. No other book has attempted to make second language acquisition theories so accessible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325003504
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/5/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Who Are Our English Language Learners, and What Factors Influence Their Academic Performance? 11
2 What Influences How Teachers Teach? 30
3 How Does Learning Take Place in Explorer Classrooms? 47
4 What Do We Acquire When We Acquire a Language? 66
5 What Are the Principal Theories of Second Language Acquisition? 81
6 How Do Explorer Teachers Provide Access to Second Language Acquisition? 108
7 How Do Explorer Teachers Focus on Learners and Their Strengths? 137
8 How Do Explorer Teachers Celebrate Students' First Languages and Cultures? 165
9 How Do Community Attitudes and the Politics of English Only Affect Bilingual Students? 201
10 What Influences Student and Teacher Attitudes? 218
11 How Can Teachers Recognize and Resolve Value Conflicts? 241
12 How Can Teachers Develop an Intercultural Orientation? 262
13 How Can Schools Involve Parents? 291
14 How Can Teachers Improve Their Practice Through Classroom-Based Research? 311
Appendix A: Methods of Teaching a Second Language 339
Appendix B: Readings on Second Language Acquisition 341
Appendix C: Books Used in Unit About Plants 342
Appendix D: Spanish and Asian Resources 344
Appendix E: Bilingual Education 347
Appendix F: Language Varieties and Functions 349
Appendix G: Literature for Diversity 350
Appendix H: Resources for Working with Parents 352
References 354
Index 364
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