Language, Culture, and Education: Challenges of Diversity in the United States

Language, Culture, and Education: Challenges of Diversity in the United States


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Exploring language, culture and education among immigrants in the United States, this volume discusses the range of experiences in raising children with more than one language in major ethno-linguistic groups in New York. Research and practice from the fields of speech-language pathology, bilingual education, and public health in immigrant families are brought together to provide guidance for speech-language pathologists in differentiating language disorders from language variation, and for parents on how to raise their children with more than one language. Commonalities among dissimilar groups, such as Chinese, Korean, and Hispanic immigrants are analyzed, as well as the language needs of Arab-Americans, the home literacy practices of immigrant parents who speak Mixteco and Spanish, and the crucial role of teachers in bridging immigrants' classroom and home contexts. These studies shed new light on much-needed policy reforms to improve the involvement of culturally and linguistically diverse families in decisions affecting their children's education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107081871
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/21/2019
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Ijalba is Associate Professor in Linguistics and Communication Disorders, Queens College, City University of New York. She is a speech language pathologist. Her research focuses on narrative analysis as a method of assessment in bilingual children with language and reading disorders.

Patricia Velasco is Associate Professor in Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Queens College, City University of New York. She is the author with Ruth Swinney of Connecting Content and Academic Language for English Learners and Struggling Students (2011). She works with teachers and students in the New York City public schools.

Catherine J. Crowley, J.D., CCC-SLP is Professor of Practice in the program of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a lawyer and speech language pathologist. Her work focuses on ensuring that students receive culturally and linguistically appropriate disability evaluations.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the immigrant experience Elizabeth Ijalba; Part I. Immigration, Bilingual Education, Policy, and Educational Planning: 1. Political, social and educational challenges in the struggle to develop bilingual education as a pedagogical model in the United States Elizabeth Ijalba and Patricia Velasco; 2. Distinguishing a true disability from 'something else': Part I. Current challenges to providing valid, reliable, and culturally and linguistically appropriate disability evaluations Catherine J. Crowley and Miriam Baigorri; 3. Distinguishing a true disability from 'something else': Part II. Toward a model of culturally and linguistically appropriate speech-language disability evaluations Catherine J. Crowley and Miriam Baigorri; Part II. Bilingualism, Literacy Ecologies, and Parental Engagement among Immigrant Families: 4. Raising children bilingually: what parents and educators should know about bilingualism in children Anny Castilla-Earls; 5. Language acquisition in emergent bilingual triplets Rosemarie Sepulveda and Elizabeth Ijalba; 6. Chinese parents and raising their children bilingual: Fujianese immigrants Elizabeth Ijalba and Qi Li; 7. Bilingualism in Korean-American children and maternal perceptions on education Elizabeth Ijalba and Nakyung Yoo; 8. Transgenerational bilingual reading practices: a case study of an undocumented Mixteco family Patricia Velasco and Bobbie Kabuto; 9. Parent education with Latino families of children with language impairment Elizabeth Ijalba and Angela Giraldo; Part III. Cultural Perceptions on Disability, the Home Language, and Health Care Alternatives Among Immigrants: 10. Perceptions on autism in hispanic immigrant mothers of preschool children with autism spectrum disorders Elizabeth Ijalba; 11. How early childhood interventions endanger the home language and home-culture: a call to value the role of families Victoria Puig; 12. A critical review of cultural and linguistic guidelines in serving Arab-Americans Reem Khamis-Dakwar; 13. Building home-school connections within a multicultural education framework: challenges and opportunities before and after President Trump's election Patricia Velasco; 14. Health and alternatives to healthcare for Mexican immigrants in New York Esperanza Tuñón Pablos.

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