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Soto Huerta, Mary Esther; Riojas-Cortez, Mari – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
Many young children of Mexican heritage enter U.S. schools with knowledge of two language systems and emergent biliterate abilities. Bilingualism in young children may go unnoticed when instructional practices favor English. This case study describes how Lucía's bilingualism and emergent biliteracy parallel competencies essential to literacy…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Mexican Americans, Bilingual Students, Case Studies
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Gee, James Paul – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
Why do children from some minority groups and children living in poverty do poorly in school when compared to white middle-class children? Researchers have offered a large number of different answers to this question. One of the most popular answers has been based on the notion of "decontextualized language." This article argues that…
Descriptors: Poverty, Minority Group Children, Achievement Gap, Middle Class
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Macedo, Donaldo; Bartolomé, Lilia I. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
The authors of this article discuss the discriminatory practices through language in both multicultural and bilingual education. Bilingual education promotes academic instruction in the native language, to varying degrees, while multicultural education stresses the need to valorize and appreciate cultural differences as a process during which…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Bilingual Education, Teaching Methods, Native Language
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Wiley, Terrence G.; Rolstad, Kellie – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
This article contextualizes recent developments around issues of language and the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in terms of the classic distinction between literates and non-literates in the Great Divide debate. Using a social practices perspective to frame the issues, the authors argue that the CCSS reiterate the debate, and reflect an…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Politics of Education
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Pennycook, Alastair; Otsuji, Emi – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
Drawing on data recorded in two city markets, this article analyzes the language practices of workers and customers as they go about their daily business, with a particular focus on the ways in which linguistic resources, everyday tasks, and social spaces are intertwined in producing metrolingua francas. The aim of the article is to come to a…
Descriptors: Official Languages, Multilingualism, Language Usage, Second Languages
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Gkaintartzi, Anastasia; Chatzidaki, Aspasia; Tsokalidou, Roula – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
This article examines views of Albanian immigrant parents regarding home-language maintenance in Greece. It aims to reveal language ideologies in relation to broader ideologies about schooling and education. Following a qualitative interpretative approach, we conducted semi-structured individual and group interviews with 19 parents of bilingual…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Native Language, Language Maintenance, Foreign Countries
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Bal, Aydin – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
A practice-based dialectic theory of identity was used in this study to explore the cultural-historical context of an urban charter school in which a group of newly arrived Muslim Turk refugee students' academic identities were formed. The school, located in the Southwestern United States, was founded by a global Islamist movement. Ethnographic…
Descriptors: Refugees, Special Education, Identification, English Language Learners
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Johnson, Eric J. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
In this discussion, I explore the unfolding effects of Arizona's anti-bilingual education law (Proposition 203) on schools with predominant language-minority student populations. Instead of facilitating academic progress, policies like Proposition 203 impede teachers from "scaffolding" (Long & Adamson, 2012, p. 39) their students'…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, State Legislation, Minority Group Students, Bilingual Education
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Martin-Beltrán, Melinda – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
This study investigated how students learning English and students learning Spanish activated multilingual repertoires as they participated in one high school program that aimed to promote reciprocal learning and teaching of multilingual literacy practices. Grounded in sociocultural theory, we examined how students drew upon Spanish, English, and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Second Language Learning, Multilingualism, English
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Doerr, Neriko Musha; Kumagai, Yuri – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
"Heritage language speaker" is a relatively new term to denote minority language speakers who grew up in a household where the language was used or those who have a family, ancestral, or racial connection to the minority language. In research on heritage language speakers, overlap between these 2 definitions is often assumed--that is,…
Descriptors: Blacks, Native Language, Second Language Learning, Race
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Gallo, Sarah; Link, Holly; Allard, Elaine; Wortham, Stanton; Mortimer, Katherine – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
This article explores how language ideologies--beliefs about immigrant students' language use--carry conflicting images of Spanish speakers in one New Latino Diaspora town. We describe how teachers and students encounter, negotiate, and appropriate divergent ideologies about immigrant students' language use during routine schooling practices, and…
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Immigrants, Spanish Speaking, Secondary School Students
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Jiménez-Castellanos, Oscar; Blanchard, Jay; Atwill, Kim; Jiménez-Silva, Margarita – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
This study examined beginning English literacy-skill development and achievement among Spanish-speaking children enrolled in state-mandated English-only classrooms. The children possessed Spanish skill at or above age-appropriate level, yet minimal English skill, and came from a Spanish-speaking community adjacent to the U.S.-Mexico border. Under…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Bilingualism, Reading Fluency, English (Second Language)
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Iseke, Judy M.; Ndimande, Bekisizwe S. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
Indigenous cultural and language negotiations ongoing in the contexts of South Africa and Canada are documented in two studies, one sharing narratives from Black parents in South Africa and the other sharing narratives of Métis Elders in Canada. Black parents' perspectives on Indigenous language and cultures and the role of education in…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, American Indians, Canada Natives, Foreign Countries
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Bunch, George C. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
Introducing a distinction between language of ideas and language of display as a means of reconceptualizing what counts as "academic" language, I examine one brief stretch of talk by a small group of linguistically diverse 7th grade students in a U.S. mainstream social studies classroom designed to maximize academic and language…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Language Usage, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Faltis, Christian – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
This study explores schooling in prison for young Chicano bilingual men as they work toward their GED. Using Gee's notion of "mushfaking," the study focuses on the experiences of two young men, Benny and Flaco, who partially acquire, use, value, and believe in the power of academic register Discourses for "sounding smart" in a…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Correctional Institutions, Males, Bilingualism
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