Color, Race, and English Language Teaching: Shades of Meaning

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Andy Curtis, Mary Romney
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006 - Education - 205 pages
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The unique contribution of this book is to bring together Critical Race Theory and narrative inquiry and apply them specifically to a largely overlooked area of experience within the field of TESOL: What does it mean to be a TESOL professional of color?  
 
To address this question, TESOL professionals of color from all over the world, representing a wide range of racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, offer accounts of their own experiences, responding to two related questions:
*Can you identify critical events or conditions in your personal or professional life that are the result of you being a person of color that affect who you are now and what you do as a TESOL professional of color?
*What have you learned from these events or conditions that have had a bearing on your life as a TESOL professional of color?
 
Color, Race, and English Language Teaching: Shades of Meaning is intended for researchers, professionals, and students in the field of English language teaching. The book is designed as a text for MATESOL programs and courses that deal with issues of language, culture, and teaching. The introduction presents a brief overview of relevant aspects of Critical Race Theory, narrative inquiry, and educational research. Focus questions for each chapter are included to help readers apply aspects of the narratives to their own experience.

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Andy Curtis has a Ph.D. in International Education and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of York, England. He is the Executive Director of the Queen's University School of English in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and a professor in the Department of Language Teacher Education at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. In 2001, with Kathi Bailey and David Nunan, he wrote "Pursuing Professional Development: The Self as Source," and in 2004, he co-edited "Washback in Language Testing: Research Contexts and Methods," with Liying Cheng and Yoshinori Watanabe. He has published more than 70 papers and articles, given more than 100 international presentations, and worked with language teachers and learners in Europe, Asia, North, South and Central America.
Mary Romney has a B.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College School of Spanish in Spain, an M.A. in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York and an M.Ed. in instructional technology and media from the same institution. She taught ESOL in New York City, and in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain before assuming her present position as ESL instructor and coordinator of academic support at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Willimantic, Connecticut. With Raouf Mama, she is co-author of "Pearls of Wisdom," an integrated-skills ESOL textbook published in 2001.

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