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Integrating Multilingual Students into College Classrooms Practical Advice for Faculty Author: Johnnie Johnson Hafernik, Fredel M. Wiant

Paperback - 184 pages
25 Oct 2012
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148


Today more and more ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse students enroll in our college and university courses. These diverse, multilingual students enrich our campuses and at the same time present challenges. Who are these students? What skills do these diverse students need to be successful in college? How can faculty help them succeed? For faculty in all disciplines seeking answers to these questions, this is an essential book. This text provides practical advice on how to assist these students with academic tasks and how to help them to succeed in the academy.


The book fills a much needed gap in the literature on academic language development for college-level nonnative speakers of English, which the authors view not as the sole responsibility of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or English as Second Language (ESL) departments, but of faculty throughout the academy. In my view, Hafernik and Wiant have succeeded in their task of producing a highly beneficial reference book for college faculty across the disciplines whose classes comprise both US and international-born students. The authors take seriously the claim that multilingual students in the college classroom are assets with the potential to enrich the lives of all of us. Indeed, the greatest strength of this book is that the vast majority of strategies offered as effective teaching practices for multilingual students will likely raise student achievement universally, making the suggestions here a true win-win for all concerned.

- International Journal of Multicultural Education, vol 15 (2), 2013
- Susan Bleyle, University of Georgia, USA

Author Biography:

Johnnie Johnson Hafernik is professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Language at the University of San Francisco. Her research interests include applied linguistics, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), curriculum design, and issues of ethics and social justice in language education. She is the co-author of two books: Dilemmas in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: 40 Cases with Dorothy S. Messerschmitt and Ethical Issues for ESL Faculty: Social Justice in Practice with Dorothy S. Messerschmitt and Stephanie Vandrick.

Fredel M. Wiant is associate professor and chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Language at the University of San Francisco. Her research interests include political rhetoric, communication and composition curriculum and pedagogy, and first-year college experience. She is the co-author of a writing/speaking textbook, The Speaking/Writing Connection: A Rhetoric with David Ryan.

Readership Level:

Research / Professional

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