Advocating for English Learners: Selected Essays

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James Crawford
Multilingual Matters, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 193 pages
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A collection of 18 essays addressing the policy and politics of educating English language learners. Subjects include demographic change and its educational implications, American responses to language diversity, public controversies over bilingual education, high-stakes testing and its impact on English language learners, and the precarious status of language rights in the USA.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Making Sense of Census 2000
10
Monolingual and Proud of It
17
Tapping a Hidden Resource
21
Plus ša Change
29
Whats Driving the AntiBilingual Campaign?
31
Why Cant the News Media Get It Right?
36
Ten Common Fallacies about Bilingual Education
51
Has TwoWay Been Oversold?
98
Public Attitudes and the Future of Language Education
101
Bad for Civil Rights Bad for Americas Interests and Even Bad for English
116
An Obituary
124
Misguided Approach to School Accountability for English Language Learners
128
A Diminished Vision of Civil Rights
139
How to Reverse a Troubling Trend?
144
The Inconsistency of Language Rights in the USA
150

Agenda for Inaction
57
Accountability vs Science in the Bilingual Education Debate
63
Why is Bilingual Education so Unpopular with the American Public?
74

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James Crawford is president of the Institute for Language and Education Policy (www.elladvocates.org), a nonprofit research and advocacy organization. His recent books include English Learners in American Classrooms: 101 Questions, 101 Answers (coauthored with Stephen Krashen); At War with Diversity: US Language Policy in an Age of Anxiety; and Educating English Learners: Language Diversity in the Classroom (5th ed). Previously, he served as Washington editor of Education Week and executive director of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

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