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The Struggle for Legitimacy Indigenized Englishes in Settler Schools Author: Andrea Sterzuk

Format:
Paperback - 152 pages
ISBN:
9781847695178
Published:
11 Nov 2011
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Dimensions:
210 x 148 (A5)
Availability:
Available

Summary

This book examines experiences of Indigenous students in settler schools by using the example of a Canadian school as a window onto the relationship between colonial discourses; indigenized English language varieties; racialized identities; and biased educational practices of settler schools.

Review:

Drawing on postcolonial and critical race theory, Sterzuk moves us beyond the typical linguistic and pedagogical responses to English language variation. In a cogently written, accessible style, she argues for an honest reckoning with colonial discourses and racialized identities to confront biased educational practices. A tour de force in anti-racist education.
Shondel Nero, New York University, USA

Sterzuk’s many-layered but extremely accessible writing reflects a depth of scholarship and reflection on what it means to teach and learn in “white settler” environments. Skilfully combining an exhaustive analysis of the literature with lively anecdotes from real classroom data, Sterzuk presents a convincing case for immediate and radical change in the ways we educate Indigenous students and those who teach them. There is no-one working in language education – first or second – to whom I would not recommend this book.
Mela Sarkar, McGill University, Canada

Overall, ''The Struggle for Legitimacy: Indigenised Englishes in Settler Schools'' is personal and intimate without being garrulous or excessively introspective; it is transparent and readable without being condescending or over-simplistic; and it relates clearly to a target audience with clear proposals for changes to their practice.
Dr. Dave Sayers, Swansea University, UK on the LINGUIST List 23.418

Author Biography:

Andrea Sterzuk began her educational career as a teacher of French as a second language to elementary school-aged children in the Canadian north. A speaker of English, French, and Spanish, Andrea obtained her PhD in second language education from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is presently an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina in Regina, Canada where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of language and literacies education. Her research interests include English language variation, language policy, language ideologies, and education in white settler contexts.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional


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