Based on an extended ethnographic study of a dual language
(Spanish-English) Kindergarten, this book takes a critical look at
children's linguistic (and non-linguistic) interactions and the
ways that teaching design can help or hinder language development.
The numerous rich examples of more and less effective strategies and practices within a variety of instructional contexts make this book essential reading for educators, parents, students and researchers interested in second language education. DePalma's findings will have important implications for program design, interventions, curriculum and instructional practices in second language learning programs.Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Ph.D., San Jose State University, USARecommended.L. Lockard, Northern Arizona University in Choice, March 2011 Vol. 48 No. 07
Renee DePalma received her PhD in 2003 from the University of Delaware (USA), where she helped to establish La Red Magica, a community-university collaborative project which aims to promote intercultural relationships between university students and minority children in a nearby urban community center. She is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Vigo, Spain. Her research over the years has focused on equalities and social justice in terms of race, ethnicity, language, sexuality and gender. She is mainly interested in the social construction of marginalization within and beyond schools, ways in which success and failure are co-constructed in institutional settings, and the design of counter-hegemonic institutional contexts and classroom practices.
1. The Promise and Realities of Two-Way Instruction (TWI) 2. The Pragmatics of TWI Instruction: A Closer Look at What Really Happens 3. From Teaching Philosophies to Classroom Design 4. Making Sure They Don't Give it AwayA": Keeping Spanish Alive 5. Daily Rituals and Routines: Safety in the Familiar 6. (Spanish) Language Arts: Participating in the Narrative 7. Tables Time: Language in Activity 8. Housekeeping and Blocks Centers: Keeping them Talking 9. Implications: Real Practices behind the Ideal Model