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Harnessing Linguistic Variation to Improve Education


Edited By Androula Yiakoumetti

This volume brings together research carried out in a variety of geographic and linguistic contexts including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States and explores efforts to incorporate linguistic diversity into education and to ‘harness’ this diversity for learners’ benefit. It challenges the largely anachronistic ideology that promotes exclusive use of an educational monolingual standard variety and advocates the use in formal education of aboriginal/indigenous languages, minority languages, nonstandard varieties and contact languages.
The contributors examine both historical and current practices for including linguistic diversity in education by considering specific bidialectal, bilingual and multilingual educational initiatives. The different geographical and linguistic settings covered in the volume are linked together by a unifying theme: linguistic diversity exists all over the world, but it is very rarely utilized effectively for the benefit of students. When it is used, whether in isolated studies or through governmental initiatives, the research findings point systematically to the many educational advantages experienced by linguistically-diverse students. This book will be of interest to teachers and language practitioners, as well as to students and scholars of language and education.


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Notes on Contributors Jessica Ball is a developmental-clinical psychologist and specialist in international child and family health education and research. She is a professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria, Canada. Through her programme of research, Early Childhood Development Intercultural Partnerships, , she is primarily engaged in collaborative studies with Indigenous organizations and communities in Canada and the majority world. She is also a member of the Father Involvement Research Alliance of Canada, . She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and three books, including Supporting Indigenous Children’s Development: Community University Partnerships. Barbara May Hanford Bernhardt has been a speech-language pathologist since 1972 and a professor of speech-language pathology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, since 1990. Her main foci in teaching, research and publication have been speech and language devel- opment, assessment and intervention. Her current research involves two major projects: (1) speech, language and hearing support for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada and (2) an international crosslinguis- tic investigation of speech development. She has received a UBC Killam Teaching Prize and Honours of the Association for the BC Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Suresh Canagarajah is the Erle Sparks Professor and Director of the Migration Studies Project at Pennsylvania State University, USA. He teaches World Englishes, Second Language Writing and Postcolonial Studies in the departments of English and Applied Linguistics. He taught previously in the University of Jaf fna, Sri Lanka, and the City...

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