The Globe's Emigrating Children: Teaching in a Second Language

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Education - 203 pages
The Globe's Emigrating Children describes one teacher's experiences teaching twenty-four immigrant students during their first year in the United States. From diverse places including Vietnam, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Mexico, El Salvador, and Haiti, these children brought their many languages and cultures to a first grade sheltered English classroom in a large urban school district. Kathleen A. Stark's thoughts and conversations with her students and her struggles to address each of the children's emotional and learning needs - while guiding them to recognize and question the assumptions of the world around them - provide a much-needed, intimate look into the lives and education of immigrant children. Stark's beautifully written reflections about the teacher's role and the role of education in general are supremely original, honest, and thought-provoking. This book should be read by any teacher involved in such areas as immigration, early childhood theory, literacy, foreign language education, and critical pedagogy. It is also suited to pre-service college courses devoted to these topics.
 

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Contents

First Steps to Literacy
25
List of Figures
44
Under the Skin
45
Put Your Lives on the Paper
99
More Words
121
Our Lives in Stories
143
The Uses of Freedom
161
Final Days
185
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

The Author: Kathleen A. Stark taught French immersion in urban San Diego for fourteen years and sheltered English in Kansas City for five years. She has a B.A. in French literature from the University of California, Davis, and a bilingual teaching credential for Spanish from San Diego State University. She also has two master's degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in psychology and human development, and in language and literacy. She earned ELL (English Language Learning) certification at the University of Missouri, and reading teacher's certification at the University of Wisconsin.

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