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Academic Language Mastery: Culture in Context

Academic Language Mastery: Culture in Context

January 2017 | 112 pages | Corwin

By now it’s a given: if we’re to help our ELLs and SELs access the rigorous demands of today’s content standards, we must cultivate the “code” that drives school success: academic language. Look no further for assistance than this much-anticipated series from Ivannia Soto, in which she invites field authorities Jeff Zwiers, David and Yvonne Freeman, Margarita Calderon, and Noma LeMoine to share every teacher’s need-to-know strategies on the four essential components of academic language.

The subject of this volume is culture. Here, Noma LeMoine makes clear once and for all how culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy validates, facilitates, liberates, and empowers ethnically diverse students. With this volume as your roadmap, you’ll learn how to:

  • Implement instructional strategies designed to meet the  linguistic and cultural needs of ELLs and  SELs
  • Use language variation as an asset in the classroom
  • Recognize and honor prior knowledge, home languages, and cultures

The culture and language every student brings to the classroom have vast implications for how to best structure the learning environment. This guidebook will help you get started as early as tomorrow. Better yet, read all four volumes in the series as an all-in-one instructional plan for closing the achievement gap.

About the Authors
1. Introduction to the Book Series
2. Abbreviated Literature Review: The Case for Culturally Relevant and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy
3. Practical Application: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instructional Strategies That Advance Learning in EL and SEL Populations
4. Fostering Literacy With CLRP
5. Assessing for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Indicators
6. Conclusions, Challenges, and Connections
Epilogue: The Vision

Language and culture are intertwined tightly. Culture and language are portable and hence can travel from country to country, from home to school and from school to home. At school teachers have an opportunity, and duty, to facilitate and support the exploration of culture and language so that we (educators, students, and parents) all understand one another better and in turn get along better. We need to have command of a range of "Englishes” and communication styles as well as an understanding of "Cultures" so that we can participate fully in society (at home, at school and as a member of the global community). The Culture in Context volume of the Academic Language Mastery series will help educators better meet the needs of the wide variety of students and families they may encounter in today's school settings.

Katherine Lobo, ESL Teacher and Teacher Trainer
Newton Public Schools & Brandeis University

"This book fills a significant gap in the content and resource knowledge needed in addressing the academic language needs of Standard English language learning students. Readers are guided to examine their expectations of students as they learn and practice culturally responsive instructional strategies that open classrooms to more equitable opportunities and outcomes for English Learning Students and Standard English Learning Students."

Randall Lindsey, Emeritus Professor
California State University, Los Angeles

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