The Handbook of Educational Linguistics offers a scientifically grounded overview that provides guidance in dealing with the language education challenges produced by globalization and growing local multilingualism. From literacy to language acquisition and policy, this comprehensive text written by an international team of specialists gathers foundational information, core themes, major findings, and practical applications into one accessible volume.
The forty-four chapters provide state-of-the-art reviews of the many areas of inquiry that contribute to understanding the relationship between research and practice in language education. The volume considers the influence of neurobiology, psychology, anthropology, sociology, political science, educational studies and linguistic sciences on a field which includes language teaching and learning, language policy, education of minorities and migrants, literacy, language curricula, assessment, and endangered languages. The book reveals the complexity of this growing field while remaining accessible for students, researchers, language educators, curriculum developers, and educational policy makers.
About the Author
Bernard Spolsky was Professor at McGill University, Indiana University, the University of New Mexico and Bar-Ilan University; he retired in 2000. He has written and edited two dozen books, including Educational Linguistics: an Introduction (1978), Conditions for Second Language Learning (1989), The Languages of Jerusalem (1991), Measured Words (1995), Sociolinguistics (1998), The Languages of Israel (1999), Concise Encyclopedia of Educational Linguistics (1999) and Language Policy (2004), and has published about 200 articles and chapters.
Francis M. Hult is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has also taught at Lund University in Sweden and at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. He is the founder and manager of the Educational Linguistics List. His publications have appeared in the journals World Englishes (with King and Berg), Language Policy, and Current Issues in Language Planning.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors.
1 Introduction: What is Educational Linguistics? (Bernard Spolsky).
2 The History and Development of Educational Linguistics (Francis M. Hult).
Part I Foundations for Educational Linguistics.
3 Neurobiology of Language Learning (Laura Sabourin and Laurie A. Stowe).
4 Psycholinguistics (William C. Ritchie and Tej K. Bhatia).
5 Linguistic Theory (Richard Hudson).
6 Sociolinguistics and Sociology of Language (Rajend Mesthrie).
7 Linguistic Anthropology (Stanton Wortham).
8 The Political Matrix of Linguistic Ideologies (Mary McGroarty).
9 Educational Linguistics and Education Systems (Joseph Lo Bianco).
Part II Core Themes.
Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Education.
10 The Language of Instruction Issue: Framing an Empirical Perspective (Stephen L. Walter).
11 Bilingual and Biliterate Practices at Home and School (Iliana Reyes and Luis C. Moll).
12 Vernacular Language Varieties in Educational Settings: Research and Development (Jeffrey Reaser and Carolyn Temple Adger).
13 Linguistic Accessibility and Deaf Children (Samuel J. Supalla and Jody H. Cripps).
14 Identity in Language and Literacy Education (Carolyn McKinney and Bonny Norton).
15 Post-colonialism and Globalization in Language Education (Hyunjung Shin and Ryuko Kubota).
Language Education Policy and Management.
16 Levels and Goals: Central Frameworks and Local Strategies (Brian North).
17 Language Acquisition Management Inside and Outside the School (Richard B. Baldauf Jr., Minglin Li, and Shouhui Zhao).
18 Language Cultivation in Developed Contexts (Jirí Nekvapil).
19 Language Cultivation in Contexts of Multiple Community Languages (M. Paul Lewis and Barbara Trudell).
20 Ecological Language Education Policy (Nancy H. Hornberger and Francis M. Hult).
21 Education for Speakers of Endangered Languages (Teresa L. McCarty, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, and Ole Henrik Magga).
22 The Impact of English on the School Curriculum (Yun-Kyung Cha and Seung-Hwan Ham).
23 Literacy (Glynda A. Hull and Gregorio Hernandez).
24 Vernacular and Indigenous Literacies (Kendall A. King and Carol Benson).
25 Religious and Sacred Literacies (Jonathan M. Watt and Sarah L. Fairfield).
26 Genre and Register in Multiliteracies (Mary Macken-Horarik and Misty Adoniou).
Acquiring a Language.
27 Order of Acquisition and Developmental Readiness (Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig and Llorenç Comajoan).
28 Language Socialization (Kathleen C. Riley).
29 Interlanguage and Language Transfer (Peter Skehan).
30 Second Language Acquisition and Ultimate Attainment (David Birdsong and Jee Paik).
31 Explicit Form-Focused Instruction and Second Language Acquisition (Rod Ellis).
32 Language Assessments: Gate-Keepers or Door-Openers? (Lyle F. Bachman and James E. Purpura).
33 Diagnostic and Formative Assessment (Ari Huhta).
34 Accountability and Standards (Alan Davies).
35 Scales and Frameworks (Neil Jones and Nick Saville).
36 Nationally Mandated Testing for Accountability: English Language Learners in the US (Micheline Chalhoub-Deville and Craig Deville).
Part III Research–Practice Relationships.
37 Task-Based Teaching and Learning (Teresa Pica).
38 Corpus Linguistics and Second Language Instruction (Susan M. Conrad and Kimberly R. LeVelle).
39 Interaction, Output, and Communicative Language Learning (Merrill Swain and Wataru Suzuki).
40 Classroom Discourse and Interaction: Reading Across the Traditions (Lesley A. Rex and Judith L. Green).
41 Computer Assisted Language Learning (Carol A. Chapelle).
42 Ecological-Semiotic Perspectives on Educational Linguistics (Leo van Lier).
43 The Mediating Role of Language in Teaching and Learning: A Classroom Perspective (Francis Bailey, Beverley Burkett, and Donald Freeman).
44 A Research Agenda for Educational Linguistics (Paola Uccelli and Catherine Snow).
What People are Saying About This
"Spolsky and Hult have put together a book that is not only authoritative, but also original and innovative in scope and treatment. The editors have succeeded in combining the extensive experience of a senior scholar and the fresh insights of a junior scholar with those of the international contributors in order to make this a book that transforms our understandings of educational linguistics for today." Ofelia García, Columbia University
"This Handbook is a splendid compilation of contributions that takes stock of the major areas that are shaping the emerging discipline of Educational Linguistics as well as identifies research lacunae that are likely candidates for future attention. The editors’ success in attracting contributions from such a diverse group of scholars is particularly welcome." G. Richard Tucker, Carnegie Mellon University
"This is not just another handbook! It is a foundational contribution to the entire field of linguistics and to its rapidly proliferating subdisciplines. The range of topics is expansive, comprehensive, and complementary—from linguistic theory and language ideology to linguistically and culturally responsible education and politics. A well-conceived and elegantly constructed collection!" Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University