Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms: New Dilemmas for Teachers
Edited by: Jennifer Miller, Alex Kostogriz, Margaret Gearon
A critical reality of contemporary education in a globalised world is the growing cultural, racial and linguistic diversity in schools and the issues involved in educating increasing numbers of students who are still learning the dominant language. This poses extraordinary challenges for second and foreign language teachers in many countries, where such students must engage with the mainstream curriculum in a new language. What do these increasingly plurilingual and multicultural classrooms look like? And how do language teachers address the challenges of such diverse classrooms? This book brings together a group of well-recognised language education scholars who present their research in a range of international settings. They focus on the key areas of pedagogy, language policy and curriculum and exemplify new research directions in the field.
This book raises a range of philosophical and pedagogical issues of fundamental importance to those working in linguistically and culturally classrooms everywhere and deserves to become a key text for teacher education courses.
I commend this book not only for its attention to the complexities of preparing teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, but also for opening up new ways of framing language education and teacher education in a globalised world.
Journal of Intercultural Studies 31:4 (2010)
Jennifer Miller is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University where she teaches postgraduate TESOL courses. Her research and publications are in the areas of language acquisition and identity, the sociocultural framing of language pedagogy, and teacherâs work. Her book, Audible Difference: ESL and social identity (Multilingual Matters, 2003) explores the politics of speaking and identity for immigrant students in Australian high schools. Her current research concerns low literacy refugee students in the high school mainstream, and preservice teachers from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Alex Kostogriz is Associate Professor in TESOL in the School of Education, Deakin University. He has published widely on issues of professional practice and ethics of English language educators, teacher professional identity and learning, transcultural literacy and pedagogy of Thirdspace. He has co-edited Dimensions of Professional Learning (2007), special issues of Mind, Culture & Activity and English Teaching: Practice & Critique on learning in multicultural conditions.
Margaret Gearon is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She specialises in language teacher education at both preservice and inservice levels, curriculum and assessment in foreign and community (heritage) languages, and bilingual education. Her research interests are in immersion education, code-switching in the foreign language classroom, and how the knowledge and beliefs of preservice languages teachers are manifested in their classroom practices. She is currently project director for the design of a teacher training course for community languages teachers in Australia.
Part 1: Pedagogy in diverse classrooms
1. The challenges of diversity in language education - Margaret Gearon, Jennifer Miller, Alex Kostogriz
2. Multilingual Educational Systems: A Further Challenge for Immigrant Students - David Lasagabaster
3. Teaching with an Accent: Linguistically Diverse Pre-service Teachers in Australian Classrooms - Jennifer Miller
4. High Challenge, High Support Programs with ESL Learners: A Teacher–Researcher Collaboration - Jenny Hammond
5. Language, Culture and Inclusion in Mainstream Classrooms - Karen Dooley
6. Influences on the Written Expression of Bilingual Students: Teacher Beliefs and Cultural Dissonance - Joel Windle Part 2: Language Policy and Curriculum
7. Dilemmas of Efficiency, Identity and Worldmindedness - Joseph Lo Bianco
8. Professional Ethics in Multicultural Classrooms: English, Hospitality and The Other - Alex Kostogriz
9. English as Additional Language across the Curriculum: Policies in Practice - Tracey Costley and Constant Leung
10. Language Pedagogies Revisited: Alternative approaches for Integrating Language Learning, Language Using and Intercultural Understanding - Do Coyle
11. Educating Languages Teachers for Multilingual and Multicultural settings - Margaret Gearon
Part 3: Research directions in diverse contexts
12. Multilingual Researcher Identities: Interpreting Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Classrooms - Angela Creese, Arvind Bhatt and Peter Martin
13. Negotiating Teacher-Researcher Collaboration in Immersion Education - Diane Dagenais, Danièle Moore and Cécile Sabatier
14. Languages in the Classroom: Institutional Discourses and Users' Experiences - Hannele Dufva and Olli-Pekka Salo
15. Bringing Home and Community to School: Institutional Constraints and Pedagogic Possibilities - Suzanne Smythe and Kelleen Toohey