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García, Ofelia – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2010
This article traces the ways in which New York City schools have responded to the multilingualism of its children in the last forty years. I review here the past to construct the future--the future of the past. I argue that in the predominantly Puerto Rican community of the 1960s and 1970s a simple approach toward languages and bilingualism in…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Futures (of Society), Language Minorities
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Zhang, Chun; Choh, Su-Je – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2010
In this paper, we review various challenges in regard to educating children with and without disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. The challenges discussed include (1) biased assessment that results in mis- or overrepresenting CLD students in special education, (2) difficulty distinguishing between disability…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Special Education, Referral, Disabilities
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Wagner, Manuela; Osborn, Terry A. – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2010
This article focuses on how attitudes toward HLLs [heritage language learners] have changed, both with regard to program development and in learning and teaching. First, the ambiguity towards heritage language preservation is illustrated by examining historical aspects of heritage languages in the United States. Secondly, a closer look at two…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Heritage Education, Native Language Instruction