This book grew out of the joys and challenges the author experienced as a Spanish/English bilingual teacher of culturally and linguistically diverse students. It tells what it is like to be a bilingual teacher. As a result, it helps other teachers and prospective teachers understand the complex nature of bilingual teaching, shares some successful teaching strategies that other teachers have used, and encourages teachers to find their own solutions despite limited support.
The book is structured in three parts. The introduction explains how the book evolved, defines its relation to other qualitative research, and offers suggestions for how to use the book. The second part consists of eight bilingual teachers' stories that provide a glimpse of them as people, their schools and programs, their successes and struggles, and their solutions and coping mechanisms within their contexts. It concludes with a discussion chapter that looks at the teachers' collective strengths and struggles comparatively, connecting these to broader issues. The final section presents bilingual education resources -- useful information for practitioners. This includes foundation texts on the theories and practices of bilingual education, demographic information, a glossary of bilingual education terms, listings of curricula, tests, and literature mentioned by the teachers, and professional network sources.
"Bilingual Education: Teachers' Narratives provides a valuable service by presenting the reality of bilingual education from the perspective of those most intimately involved in these programs, the bilingual teachers themselves."
—Anthropology & Education Quarterly
"Lemberger's text is important because it makes present the complex realities facing bilingual teachers in classrooms, schools, and teacher education institutions….It also makes clear the need for quality programs and services for language minority students, an issue of particular concern given current anti-immigrant sentiments, Congressional actions, and demographic realities in an increasing number of school districts throughout the nation."
—Catherine E. Walsh
University of Massachusetts, Boston
"I found the teachers' narratives compelling--we all learn from the experiences of others, and we all find strength when our experiences, good and bad, are validated….The book faithfully replicates teachers' voices….Once I started reading, I couldn't put them down."
San Jose State University
Contents: Preface. Part I: Introduction. Evolution: From Teacher to Researcher, From Dissertation to Book. A Context for Understanding the Bilingual Teachers' Narratives. How to Use This Book. Part II: Eight Teachers' Narratives. Sofya. Manouchka. Diana. Heather. Sandra. Mariana. Jean. Luz. Themes and Issues Emerging From the Narratives. The Stories Continue… Part III: Bilingual Education Resources. Theoretical, Background, and Practical Information. Appendices: Sample Interview Questions. Diana's Literature Study Circle Questions. Poem for Heather's First Grade Class.