Advocating for English Learners: Selected Essays (Bilingual by James Crawford

By James Crawford

A suite of 18 essays addressing the coverage and politics of training English language rookies. topics comprise demographic switch and its academic implications, American responses to language range, public controversies over bilingual schooling, high-stakes checking out and its effect on English language novices, and the precarious prestige of language rights within the united states.

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Where were students learning a second language in that period of time and succeeding academically? Unz issued vague reassurances that SEI was ‘almost universal throughout the world’ except in the USA (English for the Children, 1998). He could never point to a single real-world success story. Yet he asked the voters to impose this speculative ‘method’ by law on California’s public schools. 4 Those of us working against Unz tried to make this point with the press repeatedly. This spring, when I faced off against him in a debate in Santa Rosa, I practically chanted a mantra of ‘No evidence.

He could never point to a single real-world success story. Yet he asked the voters to impose this speculative ‘method’ by law on California’s public schools. 4 Those of us working against Unz tried to make this point with the press repeatedly. This spring, when I faced off against him in a debate in Santa Rosa, I practically chanted a mantra of ‘No evidence. No evidence. ’ Yet it made no difference. The local journalists covering the event failed to mention that point or, indeed, much else that I had to say during this two-and-a-half hour session.

I will say, however, that it has been frustrating to see Unz portrayed in the press as a sincere advocate for children. Amultimillionaire who cared about helping poor immigrants learn English. A reformer whose claims were taken largely at face value, whose motives were rarely questioned, and whose Far Right political agenda received limited attention. By contrast, the motives of bilingual educators – people who have actually dedicated their careers to serving children – were constantly under attack as corrupt and self-serving.

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