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Educating English Language Learners in an Inclusive Environment

Second Edition

Youb Kim and Patricia H. Hinchey

For teachers and teacher educators striving to address a growing number of state mandates relating to the education of English language learners (ELLs), Educating English Language Learners in an Inclusive Environment, Second Edition provides a reader-friendly survey of key topics, including: legal and professional imperatives, cultural concerns, linguistics, literacy instruction, assessment, policy, and politics. This overview will be useful to in-service teachers with little or no preparation for working with ELLs but who nevertheless face legislative demands to teach both academic content and English. It will also be useful to teacher educators trying to squeeze preparation for working with ELLs into already overflowing teacher preparation programs. Though many try, no one text can provide exhaustive information; there is simply too much to learn. This second edition instead provides readers with a road map to critical topics and to specific resources they can use independently to learn more, as they will surely need to do.

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2. Culture: Beyond Tacos and Lo Mein

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CHAPTER TWO

Culture

Beyond Tacos and Lo Mein

In the university classes we teach, we routinely ask students to describe their culture. Since our students (who are probably similar to most students reading this text) come primarily from families who have lived in the United States for three or more generations, their first reaction is often a protest: “But I don’t have any particular culture. I’m American. I’m just normal,” they tell us.

Just normal. But what does that mean?

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