Literacy, Access, and Libraries among the Language Minority Population

Literacy, Access, and Libraries among the Language Minority Population


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Literacy, Access, and Libraries among the Language Minority Population by Rebecca Constantino

While there is a great lamenting among the public within educational circles about "illiteracy," especially within the language minority community, there is little focus on the possible solutions to the problem of low literacy rates. This body of work highlights many successful strategies which tackle this issue. This book is unique in that it approaches the issue of literacy in the language minority community from many perspectives. Literacy is investigated as a continuum of interconnected factors. It takes a hard look at the research in a way that is enlightening for both researchers and students. Accompanying the research are numerous suggestions and possible solutions. This book contains the necessary theoretical base as well as practical solutions. It includes accounts of reading programs in the classrooms, recommendations of selected Spanish language books for children, documentation about cases of free reading at the university level and the strengths of native language books for adult learners. "Literacy, Access and Libraries" is helpful to a wide range of audiences while detailing the specific concerns of language minority communities. With a concrete foundation in theories of literacy the book is also helpful to educators and those concerned with relationships between communities, and the impact of language acquisition, literacy, and reading on the social practices of students. It contains effective strategies for literacy in both public and private settings, and proves an excellent source of information for anyone providing services to the language minority community.

Author Biography: Rebecca Constantino (Ph.D., University of Southern California) has writtenextensively on issues concerning literacy and language minority communities. She is active in community service and is a member of the California Association of Bilingual Education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810834187
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/1998
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.79(w) x 8.85(h) x 0.86(d)

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