The Arts and Emergent Bilingual Youth offers a critical sociopolitical perspective on working with emerging bilingual youth at the intersection of the arts and language learning. Utilizing research from both arts and language education to explore the ways they work in tandem to contribute to emergent bilingual students’ language and academic development, the book analyzes model arts projects to raise questions about “best practices” for and with marginalized bilingual young people, in terms of relevance to their languages, cultures, and communities as they envision better worlds. A central assumption is that the arts can be especially valuable for contributing to English learning by enabling learners to experience ideas, patterns, and relationship (form) in ways that lead to new knowledge (content). Each chapter features vignettes showcasing current projects with ELL populations both in and out of school and visual art pieces and poems, to prompt reflection on key issues and relevant concepts and theories in the arts and language learning. Taking a stance about language and culture in English learners’ lives, this book shows the intimate connections among art, narrative, and resistance for addressing topics of social injustice.
"Advocates of bilingual education, the authors make a compelling case for native language use and maintenance for English-language learners. Readers seeking to understand the academic achievement gap will appreciate the original perspective presented ... In light of the recent adoption of the common core standards in most states, this book represents an important perspective and provides strategies for engaging bilingual youth in rigorous and evidence-based reflection centred on the arts. Summing Up: Recommended." —A. Anderberg, Eastern Connecticut State University, in CHOICE, April 2014
"The editors of The Arts and Emergent Bilingual Youth offer a timely and persuasive argument for ways to revitalize arts-based education in our increasingly diverse society. ... It becomes clear in reading this volume that the arts offer unique avenues for teachers and artists to create the conditions necessary for historically marginalized multilingual youth and their communities to claim a voice and a space for self-representation and action in our schools and society." —Teachers College Record