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Educating English Language Learners in an Inclusive Environment

Youb Kim and Patricia H. Hinchey

As the number of English language learners across the United States – and indeed, the world – increases exponentially, it is critical that pre-service teachers be prepared. Many currently available instructional materials are written primarily for practicing teachers, not for pre-service teachers of the millennial generation who are likely to encounter cultural and linguistic diversity in their classrooms, but who are unlikely to have had experience interacting with diverse groups of children. This engaging and accessible text is specifically designed to help tomorrow’s teachers anticipate the diversity of contemporary classrooms and to understand and meet the needs of English language learners. Key topics are aligned with typical state standards for teacher preparation and include: culture, language, literacy development, effective instruction and assessment, programs, policies, politics, and teacher professionalism. In addition to distillations of essential information in these areas, the book provides an extensive directory of relevant resources that points the way to further study. Teacher educators, school district administrators, home school education programs, and pre-service teachers will all find Educating English Language Learners in an Inclusive Environment an invaluable addition to their professional libraries.
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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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