New Release Books by Donna Christian

Donna Christian is the author of Dialects at School (2017), Dialects in Schools and Communities (2014), Educating English Language Learners (2006), Exploring Dialects (1979) and other 8 books.

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Dialects at School

release date: May 12, 2017
Dialects at School
Like its predecessor, Dialects in Schools and Communities, this book illuminates major language-related issues that educational practitioners confront, such as responding to dialect related features in students’ speech and writing, teaching Standard English, teaching students about dialects, and distinguishing dialect difference from language disorders. It approaches these issues from a practical perspective rooted in sociolinguistic research, with a focus on the research base for accommodating dialect differences in schools. Expanded coverage includes research on teaching and learning and attention to English language learners. All chapters include essential information about language variation, language attitudes, and principles of handling dialect differences in schools; classroom-based samples illustrating the application of these principles; and an annotated resources list for further reading. The text is supported by a Companion Website (www.routledge.com/cw/Reaser) providing additional resources including activities, discussion questions, and audio/visual enhancements that illustrate important information and/or pedagogical approaches. Comprehensive and authoritative, Dialects at School reflects both the relevant research bases in linguistics and education and educational practices concerning language variation. The problems and examples included are authentic, coming from the authors’ own research, observations and interactions in public school classrooms, and feedback in workshops. Highlights include chapters on oral language and reading and writing in dialectally diverse classrooms, as well as a chapter on language awareness for students, offering a clear and compelling overview of how teachers can inspire students to learn more about language variation, including their own community language patterns. An inventory of dialect features in the Appendix organizes and expands on the structural descriptions presented in the chapters.

Dialects in Schools and Communities

release date: May 22, 2014
Dialects in Schools and Communities
This book describes dialect differences in American English and their impact on education and everyday life. It explores some of the major issues that confront educational practitioners and suggests what practitioners can do to recognize students’ language abilities, support their language development, and expand their knowledge about dialects. Topics addressed include: *popular concerns about the nature of language variation; *characteristic structures of different dialects; *various interactive patterns characteristic of social groups; *the school impacts of dialect differences in speaking, writing, and reading, including questions about teaching Standard English; and *the value of dialect education in schools to enable students to understand dialects as natural and normal language phenomena. Changes in the Second Edition: In this edition the authors reconsider and expand their discussion of many of the issues addressed in the first edition and in other of their earlier works, taking into account especially the research on dialects and publications for audiences beyond linguistics that have appeared since the first edition. This edition is offered as an updated report on the state of language variation and education in the United States. Dialects in Schools and Communities is rooted in questions that have arisen in workshops, surveys, classes, discussion groups, and conversations with practitioners and teacher educators. It is thus intended to address important needs in a range of educational and related service fields. As an overview of current empirical research, it synthesizes current understandings and provides key references—in this sense it is a kind of translation and interpretation in which the authors’ goal is to bring together the practical concerns of educators and the vantage point of sociolinguistics. No background in linguistics or sociolinguistics is assumed on the part of the reader. This volume is intended for teacher interns and practicing teachers in elementary and secondary schools; early childhood specialists; specialists in reading and writing; speech/language pathologists; special education teachers; and students in various language specialties.

Educating English Language Learners

release date: Jan 16, 2006
Educating English Language Learners
The book provides a review of scientific research on the learning outcomes of students with limited or no proficiency in English in U.S. schools. Research on students in kindergarten to grade 12 is reviewed. The primary chapters of the book focus on these students'' acquisition of oral language skills in English, their development of literacy (reading & writing) skills in English, instructional issues in teaching literacy, and achievement in academic domains (i.e., mathematics, science, and reading). The reviews and analyses of the research are relatively technical with a focus on research quality, design characteristics, and statistical analyses. The book provides a set of summary tables that give details about each study, including full references, characteristics of the students in the research, assessment tools and procedures, and results. A concluding chapter summarizes the major issues discussed and makes recommendations about particular areas that need further research.

Directory of Two-way Bilingual Programs in the United States

release date: Jan 01, 1995

Making the Connection

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Making the Connection
Papers from a conference on the role of language in the academic achievement of African Americans include: "Language Diversity and Academic Achievement in the Education of African American Students: An Overview of the Issues" (John R. Rickford); "The Language of African American Students in Classroom Discourse" (Courtney B. Cazden); "Enhancing Bidialectalism in Urban African American Students" (Kelli Harris-Wright); "Repercussions from the Oakland Ebonics Controversy: The Critical Role of Dialect Awareness Programs" (Walt Wolfram); "Considerations in Preparing Teachers for Linguistic Diversity" (John Baugh); "The Case for Ebonics as Part of Exemplary Teacher Preparation" (Terry Meier); "Language Policy and Classroom Practices" (Geneva Smitherman); "Language, Diversity, and Assessment: Ideology, Professional Practice, and the Achievement Gap" (Asa G. Hilliard, III); and "Lessons Learned from the Ebonics Controversy: Implications for Language Assessment" (Anna F. Vaughn-Cooke). The text of the testimony of Orlando L. Taylor on the subject of Ebonics is appended. (MSE)

Dialects and Education

release date: Jan 01, 1989

Variation and Change in Geographically Isolated Communities

release date: Jan 01, 1988

Dialogue on Dialects

Dialogue on Dialects
COPI (Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument) Mandarin is a computer-based, semi-adaptive test of oral proficiency intended for use with upper high school students, college students, and professionals. The COPI provides a time-efficient assessment of students'' oral language proficiency.

Vernacular Dialects in U.S. Schools

release date: Jan 01, 1997

Adolescent and Young Adult English of Vietnamese Refugees

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