Rethinking Bilingual Education

February 14, 2020 - Comment

Rethinking Bilingual Education is an exciting new collection of articles about bringing students home languages into our classrooms. How do we bring social justice curriculum into our bilingual classrooms? How can we honor our students native languages, even when we don t teach in a bilingual setting? How do we involve diverse groups of parents

Rethinking Bilingual Education is an exciting new collection of articles about bringing students home languages into our classrooms.

How do we bring social justice curriculum into our bilingual classrooms? How can we honor our students native languages, even when we don t teach in a bilingual setting? How do we involve diverse groups of parents in our classrooms and schools? What can we learn from Indigenous language immersion about the integral relationship between language and culture? How do we elevate the status of non-dominant languages when there is so much pressure to prioritize English?

The articles in Rethinking Bilingual Education show the many ways that teachers bring students home languages into their classroom from powerful examples of social justice curriculum taught by bilingual teachers to ideas and strategies for how to honor students languages in schools with no bilingual program. We see bilingual educators work to keep equity at the center and to build solidarity among diverse communities. Teachers and students speak to the tragedy of language loss but also about the inspiring work to revitalize languages on the brink of disappearance and to defend and expand bilingual education programs.

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Anonymous says:

Four Stars class book, helps with language connections. language experiences are relateable

Anonymous says:

A powerful read for all educators of English Language Learners … A powerful read for all educators of English Language Learners! This book lifts up the voices of experienced educators about the role of language in the classroom, provides examples of how teachers have designed curriculum to empower students, experience in redesigning schools to meet the needs of their community, partnering with parents, and policy issues affecting both bilingual instruction and English Language Learners. I especially appreciated the attention to the language needs of…

Anonymous says:

Tough, interesting ideas, in approachable packaging I’m not in education, but I do find how languages shape how we think about our world fascinating. This book gave me several “Ah!” moments and introduced me to situations that I hadn’t even thought of before. The essays are all short, but each gets right to the point and packs a punch. It’s clear that this is all based on movements that have been in motion for a long time, but the essays remain easily accessible to those of us outside of education or bilingual activism. Lots of new ideas…

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