Faculty Book: Ofelia García

Ofelia García and Jo Anne Kleifgen

Educating Emergent Bilinguals: Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Language Learners
(Teachers College Press, 2010)

This comprehensive and insightful book shows how present educational policies and practices to teach language minority students in the United States ignore an essential characteristic—their emergent bilingualism. Expanding on a popular report supported by the Campaign for Educational Equity (Teachers College), this accessible guide compiles the most up-to-date research findings to demonstrate how ignoring children’s bilingualism perpetuates inequities in their schooling. What makes this book truly useful is that it offers a thorough description of alternative practices that would transform our schools and students’ futures, such as building on students’ home languages and literacy practices in schools, curricular and pedagogical innovations, new approaches to parent and community engagement, and adoptive assessment tools. Ofelia García is professor of urban education at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: OCT 24, 2010

Category: Urban Education, Faculty Books