Multilingual Education in Practice by Sandra Schecter, Jim Cummins.
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Multilingual Education in Practice

Using Diversity as a Resource

By Edited by Sandra Schecter, Edited by Jim Cummins

How can educators implement an inclusive and effective curriculum for ESL students?

Sandra Schecter and Jim Cummins provide some answers from school-based practitioners and university-based researchers who worked on a collaborative project exploring strategies and structures that promote academic success for ESL students. This book documents the initiatives this group generated and carried out at two public schools. It also includes specific suggestions for developing school-based language policies and for preparing teachers to work effectively in linguistically and culturally diverse contexts. ...

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How can educators implement an inclusive and effective curriculum for ESL students?

Sandra Schecter and Jim Cummins provide some answers from school-based practitioners and university-based researchers who worked on a collaborative project exploring strategies and structures that promote academic success for ESL students. This book documents the initiatives this group generated and carried out at two public schools. It also includes specific suggestions for developing school-based language policies and for preparing teachers to work effectively in linguistically and culturally diverse contexts.

Each chapter highlights an innovative multilingual and multicultural approach to promoting ESL students' academic engagement. Chapter topics include:

  • creating an inclusive climate for newly arrived students
  • building on the language and cultural knowledge that students bring to school
  • the roles of home, school, and community
  • teacher preparation
  • leadership in the diverse school.
In addition to theory and practice, the book offers some great classroom stories with photographs and many examples of students' prose, poetry, and artwork.

Contents

1. Introduction: School-Based Language Policy in Culturally Diverse Contexts, J. Cummins & S. Schecter
2. Creating an Inclusive Climate for Newly Arrived Students, L. Sale, L. Sliz & V. Pacini-Ketchabaw
3. Valuing Multilingual and Multicultural Approaches to Learning, P. Chow & J. Cummins
4. New Country, New Language: Writings by Multilingual Students, B. Solomon & J. Ippolito
5. Integrating Teacher Education in a Community-Situated School Agenda, S. Schecter, P. Solomon & L. Kittmer
6. Leadership in the Diverse School, P. Shaw

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