Multicultural and Multilingual Literacy and Language

Contexts and Practices

Edited by Fenice B. Boyd, Cynthia H. Brock, and Mary S. Rozendal

December 17, 2003
ISBN 9781572309616
Price: $49.00
338 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

“I can't recall the last time I read an edited volume with so much fresh, new, and important material! I found myself marking chapters to cite as references, to recommend to colleagues, and to assign for graduate courses in literacy and diversity. Chapters reach from the individual learner in the classroom to the implications of state and district policy. Boyd, Brock, and Rozendal are to be congratulated for a book that is thoroughly ambitious in scope, truly multicultural in flavor, and successful in providing much-needed insights about the challenging issues of bringing students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to high levels of literacy.”

—Kathryn H. Au, PhD, College of Education, University of Hawaii

“This volume is a major contribution to understanding the influences of children's culture and language on their literacy learning. The book raises awareness of issues related to literacy learning both in and out of school. College literacy instructors seeking to infuse their courses with knowledge about literacy learning in diverse settings will find it an essential text. Teachers will also benefit from reading this book: It will enhance their understanding of the different contributions of home and community to literacy learning, and help them create learning environments that promote all children's success.”

—Flora V. Rodriguez-Brown, PhD, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

“This book brings both depth and breadth to its exploration of issues in supporting English language-learners. Topics addressed include approaches to word study, text selection, and instructional systems (both within the classroom and across the district). The voices of classroom teachers, teacher educators, and educational researchers provide a broad perspective on how to better address the needs of English-language learners through teacher preparation, teaching, and research. This is a useful resource for language and literacy educators, regardless of the settings in which they work.”

—Taffy E. Raphael, PhD, College of Education, University of Illinois-Chicago

“Literacy is a human right. Life success depends a great deal on the individual's access to information and literacy competence. This book provides a framework for including a community agenda in research and practice related to literacy instruction for multicultural/multilingual populations. It stresses that literacy is acquired in multiple contexts and is learned through a lifelong process. Also emphasized is the need for researchers, educators, and administrators to work together to create optimal learning environments and experiences for all children. If we truly want to leave no child behind, this book is a ‘must' for educators and other members of our global village.”

—Li-Rong L. Cheng, PhD, School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, San Diego State University