This book features effective artistic practices to improve literacy and language skills for emergent bilinguals in PreK-12 schools. Including insights from key voices from the field, this book highlights how artistic practices can increase proficiency in emergent language learners and students with limited access to academic English. Challenging current prescriptions for teaching English to language learners, the arts-integrated framework in this book is grounded in a sense of student and teacher agency and offers key pedagogical tools to build upon students’ sociocultural knowledge and improve language competence and confidence. Offering rich and diverse examples of using the arts as a way of talking, this volume invites teacher educators, teachers, artists, and researchers to reconsider how to fully engage students in their own learning and best use the resources within their own multilingual educational settings and communities.
"This wonderful book brings together an insightful array of perspectives on how to creatively, thoughtfully, and fully engage emergent bilinguals in their educational journeys. An important resource for our field!"
--Carola Suárez-Orozco, University of California-Los Angeles, USA
"In this important new book, the contributors demonstrate why access to art must be central to the educational opportunities provided to emergent bilinguals, and they provide examples for how this is being done in schools and classrooms across the country. For educators, parents and community advocates, this book will be an invaluable resource and guide for how to use art to inspire and motivate some of our most neglected students."
--Pedro A. Noguera, University of California-Los Angeles, USA
"In this book, educators will discover many important tools and ideas for emergent bilingual learners as well as for all students. This new book is an important resource for all of us!"
--Linda Nathan, Executive Director of Center for Artistry and Scholarship and Founding Headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, USA
"Too frequently, discussions about emergent bilingual students focus on remediation and perceived deficits. This anthology provides a powerful counternarrative by examining how the arts, integrated into PreK-12 classrooms,can help emergent bilingual students lift their voices while honoring and including their home languages in instruction. The articles in this book provide windows into classrooms and programs in which photography, theater, collage, illustration, digital arts, and spoken word bring curriculum and student stories to life."
"Art as a Way of Talking for Emergent Bilingual Youth is an edited volume whose chapters offer important guides, tools and ideas for immigrant bilingual learners and their teachers in PreK-12 schools. The book inspires and motivates educators to honour students’ home languages and cultures through the arts…. Whether in programmes for Art Educators or TESOL and Bilingual scholars, Art as a Way of Talking for Emergent Bilingual Youth is a perfect book to engage pre- and in-service teachers and scholars in discussions of the relationship between creativity, the arts and language education for all."
--Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art, Volume 8 (1) 2019
"The way the book is structured makes it perfect for school inquiry complete with guiding questions and great ideas for arts based instruction that hones in on connecting with student’s native culture and families… An interesting collection filled with articles perfect for school based inquiry [and] a great resource for ideas that support connecting with bilingual students and families both in and out of the classroom."
--Boston Union Teacher, Volme 51 (8) 2019
Foreword by Sonia Nieto
1. Introduction – Bienvenidos
Berta Rosa Berriz, Amanda Claudia Wager and Vivian Maria Poey
Section I: Walk the Talk: Breathing Life into Theories with Families, Schools, and Communities
IntrArt for Walk the Talk – Cantastoria
2. Heritage Languages as a Valuable Asset for Multilingual Children in US Schools and Beyond: We Can’t Afford to Lose Them!
Shabaash M. Kemeh
3. Preparing Ideologically Clear Bilingual Teachers to Recognize Linguistic Geniuses
Cristina Alfaro and Lilia I. Bartolomé
4. Inclusive Teaching for Bilingual and Multilingual Learners: Collage as Ornithology
Mariana Souto-Manning and Jessica Martell
5. Family Art Backpacks: Building Family-School Connections Through Art and Story
Dorea Kleker and Mika K. Phinney
Walk the Talk: Questions for Reflection and Further Applications for Practice
Berta Rosa Berriz
Section II: In the Heights: Lifting Potential, Expanding Possibilities
IntrArt for In the Heights – Nuestro Trayecto by Yoselin Rodriguez
6. Seen from Within: Photography, Culture, and Community in a Dual-Language School
Mary Beth Meehan and Julie Nora
7. Meeting the Needs of and Giving Voice to Linguistically Diverse Children through Multimodal and Arts-Based Assessments
Whitney J. Lawrence and Janelle B. Mathis
8. Picturebook Illustrations: Powerful Pathways for Literacy Learning and Language Acquisition
Katherine Egan Cunningham and Grace Enriquez
9. Constructing Stories Using Language and Digital Art: Voices of Multilingual Learners
In the Heights: Questions for Reflection and Further Applications for Practice
Vivian Maria Poey
Section III: Lift Every Voice: Democratic Practice Before, During, and After School
IntrArt for Muhammed Walad by Rianne Elsadig
10. ¿Qué caja? What box?: Inclusivity, Assessment and the Political Possibilities of Preschool Drama
Beth Murray and Gustave Weltsek
11. Telling Stories of Challenge and Triumph: Emergent Bilinguals Claim the Curriculum through Spoken-Word Poetry, Hip Hop and Video
Debi Khasnabis, Catherine H. Reischl, Coert Ambrosino, Jamall Bufford, and Alysha Mae Schlundt-Bodien
12. Storier Warriors: New Waves of Indigenous Survivance and Language Revitalization
Laura Cranmer, Jocelyn Difiore, and Jeffrey Paul Ansloos
13. Youth Voices from In and Out of the Classroom: Emergent Bilingual Learners, Graphic Novels, and Critical Multiliteracies
Jie Park and Lori Simpson
Lift Every Voice: Questions for Reflection and Further Applications for Practice
Amanda Claudia Wager
Afterword by Wayne Au