Book by Garca Ofelia
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This is a bold and political book. It asks us to rethink narrow and isolating categories which segregate the energy and efforts of our bilingual communities and the education of our children. It is a book about the education of all our children and describes the potential of multilingualism in our nation states. It is a joyful and hopeful book. It describes the parents and teachers as the real leaders in bilingual community education and shows the relevance of their efforts for our children, communities and nations in a globally networked world. It is a realistic book. It does not shy away from describing our responsibility to support these bilingual community endeavours, describing imperatives for collaboration across educational contexts in the exchange of expertise. This excellent and accessible book takes New York City as the starting point for introducing a rich variety of case studies, as authors describe the extensive efforts of bilingual community educators. Multilingual neighbourhood, community and city educational practices are shown to be connected to much larger diasporic plural networks, making a positive contribution to global markets and world politics. Angela Creese, University of Birmingham, UK The importance of this book cannot be overstated in an era of unprecedented human mobility and intercultural contact. The reconstruction of language teaching and bilingual development elaborated by Ofelia Garcia and her colleagues over the past five years is expanded into the sphere of community-based language teaching. The authors reject the monoglossic orientation characteristic of most forms of language teaching and bilingual education in favour of a heteroglossic orientation that reconceptualises language teaching as the development of dynamic and intertwined communicative resources among emergent bilinguals. These ideas entail immense implications for policy-makers and language teachers in both school and community contexts. Jim Cummins, University of Toronto, Canada This is an important work by leading and emerging scholars, which provides a fresh look at bilingualism in the United States. The collection moves us beyond the stigmatizing depreciation of bilingualism that has dominated the national discussion for the past three decades. Ofelia Garcia and her colleagues have succeeded in elevating our appreciation for the worth of living languages within the contexts of how they function in families and communities, beyond the more limited focus on heritage. Terrence G. Wiley, President Center for Applied Linguistics, and Professor Emeritus, Arizona State UniveristyReseña del editor:
This book explores bilingual community education, specifically the educational spaces shaped and organized by American ethnolinguistic communities for their children in the multilingual city of New York. Employing a rich variety of case studies which highlight the importance of the ethnolinguistic community in bilingual education, this collection examines the various structures that these communities use to educate their children as bilingual Americans. In doing so, it highlights the efforts and activism of these communities and what bilingual community education really means in today's globalized world. The volume offers new understandings of heritage language education, bilingual education, and speech communities for bilingual Americans in the 21st century.
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