Language Diversity in the Classroom: From Intention to Practice / Edition 3

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Overview

It’s no secret that, in most American classrooms, students are expected to master standardized American English and the conventions of Edited American English if they wish to succeed. Language Diversity in the Classroom: From Intention to Practice works to realign these conceptions through a series of provocative yet evenhanded essays that explore the ways we have enacted and continue to enact our beliefs in the integrity of the many languages and Englishes that arise both in the classroom and in professional communities. 

Edited by Geneva Smitherman and Victor Villanueva, the collection was motivated by a survey project on language awareness commissioned by the National Council of Teachers of English and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

All actively involved in supporting diversity in education, the contributors address the major issues inherent in linguistically diverse classrooms: language and racism, language and nationalism, and the challenges in teaching writing while respecting and celebrating students’ own languages. Offering historical and pedagogical perspectives on language awareness and language diversity, the essays reveal the nationalism implicit in the concept of a “standard English,” advocate alternative training and teaching practices for instructors at all levels, and promote the respect and importance of the country’s diverse dialects, languages, and literatures. 

Contributors include Geneva Smitherman, Victor Villanueva, Elaine Richardson, Victoria Cliett, Arnetha F. Ball, Rashidah Jammi Muhammad, Kim Brian Lovejoy, Gail Y. Okawa, Jan Swearingen, and Dave Pruett. 

The volume also includes a foreword by Suresh Canagarajah and a substantial bibliography of resources about bilingualism and language diversity.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“As a teacher in an urban community college, I teach the many students of color who found the first twelve years of schooling painful at worst and irrelevant at best. As a result, the findings of this book strike me as centrally important to our profession.”—Smokey Wilson, Laney College, Oakland, California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809325320
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Series: Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Geneva Smitherman is University Distinguished Professor and director of the African American Language and Literacy Program at Michigan State University. She is the author of six books, including Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America, and the editor or coeditor of eight other books on African American studies and education.

Victor Villanueva, a professor and chair of the English department at Washington State University, is the winner of two national awards on research and scholarship for his book Bookstraps: From an American Academic of Color. He is a former chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Resolution from "Students' Right to Their Own Language" and National Language Policy Statement of CCCC
Introduction 1
1 The Historical Struggle for Language Rights in CCCC 7
2 Race, Class(es), Gender, and Age: The Making of Knowledge about Language Diversity 40
3 The Expanding Frontier of World Englishes: A New Perspective for Teachers of English 67
4 Language Diversity in Teacher Education and in the Classroom 76
5 Practical Pedagogy for Composition 89
6 "Resurfacing Roots": Developing a Pedagogy of Language Awareness from Two Views 109
7 Language Diversity and the Classroom: Problems and Prospects, a Bibliography 134
Contributors 151
Index 157
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