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Tension and Contention in Language Education for Latin@s in the United States

1st Edition

By Glenn A. Martinez, Robert Train


224 pages

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Paperback: 9781138225121
pub: 2019-01-12
Hardback: 9781138225114
pub: 2019-01-12

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Through a critical articulation of tensions and contentions in language education, this book opens a space for conversation and action around experience, history, and expression for Latin@s in the United States. Across diverse contexts, which may include bilingual education, English as a second language, foreign language, heritage language, and languages for specific purposes, these students enter into struggles, controversies, debates, and contestable affirmations that also intersect with lived experiences around personal, family, and social histories of human mobility and the learners’ complex translingual experiences within, between, and across languages. This book highlights the pedagogic and ethical urgency of teacher responsibility and learner agency in critically addressing the consequences, constraints, and affordances of the language education Latin@ students experience across different historically situated and institutionally defined spaces of practice, ideology, and policy.

Table of Contents

1: Spaces of Tension and Contention in Language Education

2: Inventing Languages and their Speakers, Making Learners and their Teachers

3: Localizing Mobility and Mobilizing the Local in Language Education

4: Becoming Transformative Translingual Professionals

5: Toward Ethical Engagements in the Educational Experience of Translingual Learners

About the Authors

Glenn A. Martinez is Professor of Spanish Linguistics, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, The University of Texas Pan American, USA.

Robert W. Train is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Director of the Language & Culture Learning Center. Sonoma State University, USA.

About the Series

Language Education Tensions in Global and Local Contexts

Co-published by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and Routledge, this series examines current and pressing theoretical, ideological and educational issues that arise from the interface of the learning and use of global languages, such as English Spanish, and Mandarin, and the learning, maintenance, and use of local/minoritzed languages. The interplay of such factors often leads to critical issues in language planning and policy, language learning and teaching, and language learning and use as it relates to national and individual identity. This series explores the tensions that exist in language education today in a range of contexts around the world and suggests new directions for the future. The series is organized in two strands: (1) United States and (2) International. Each volume in the series will address a specific topic in one of these strands, including but not exclusively

• ideologies concerning, and definitions of, language standards

• choices involving medium(s) of instruction and educational language policies

• promotion or suppression of local languages

• language teaching and assessment

• culture and identity as factors in language learning and assessment

• accountability in language teaching and learning

• impact of different theories of language acquisition and learning

• intersections of class, race and gender in language education

• changing perspectives on bilingualism/multilingualism and language teaching

• demands made by accountability requirements on language and content assessment for students who speak languages other than English (U.S. Strand)

• role of educational resourcing, arrangements, and types of programs (e.g., bilingual education programs) in the maintenance and development of non-English language resources (U.S. Strand)

• teaching and learning of languages other than English in "foreign" language programs in US schools (U.S. Strand)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language