By James Crawford
A set of 18 essays addressing the coverage and politics of teaching English language freshmen. matters comprise demographic switch and its academic implications, American responses to language variety, public controversies over bilingual schooling, high-stakes checking out and its influence on English language novices, and the precarious prestige of language rights within the united states.
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To my knowledge, none ever went to ask the school’s side of the story (which the Times had poorly conveyed). Had reporters done so, they would have learned that the conflict at Ninth Street was entirely unnecessary. It was an event that was orchestrated for political purposes: a setup calculated to produce bad press for bilingual education. As I learned when I visited the school last winter, the protesting parents could easily have had their kids reassigned to the school’s alternate, English-intensive program.
In such cases, neither generation can make itself understood. Language loss creates barriers within families that produce tension, conflict, and even violence (Wong Fillmore, 1991; Cho & Krashen, 1998). 6 • Career advantages. As our marketplace becomes globalized and our population more diverse, bilingualism and biliteracy are valued increasingly by employers. Boswell (1998) found that Florida Hispanics who are fluent in both English and Spanish earned up to 50% more than those who speak only English.
They didn’t claim that nativelanguage instruction was a magic wand capable of solving all problems in the schools. They tried to argue on the basis of research evidence, which is rarely as clear and unambiguous as reporters and policymakers might like. In short, they tried to tell the truth, as they understood it. ’ Guess whose sound bites turned out to be more memorable – and more effective? Double Standards Despite all the media skepticism about the effectiveness of bilingual education, a similar standard was never applied to Unz’s 180-day miracle 47 W:\Clients\MLM\Crawford\ Crawford Proof 3 27 February 2008 17:00:34 Color profile: Disabled Composite Default screen Advocating for English Learners 46 cure for limited English proficiency.
Advocating for English Learners: Selected Essays (Bilingual Education & Bilingualism) by James Crawford