Art as a Way of Talking for Emergent Bilingual Youth: A Foundation for Literacy in PreK-12 Schools, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Art as a Way of Talking for Emergent Bilingual Youth

A Foundation for Literacy in PreK-12 Schools, 1st Edition

Edited by Berta Rosa Berriz, Amanda Claudia Wager, Vivian Maria Poey


276 pages

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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

Table of Contents

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

Sally Brown

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

About the Editors

Berta Rosa Berriz is an Instructor of Creative Arts and Learning at the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University, USA.

Amanda Claudia Wager is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual/TESOL Education at the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University, USA.

Vivian Maria Poey is an Associate Professor and Director of the M.Ed. in Art, Community and Education program at the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts
EDUCATION / Arts in Education