The Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating for Language Awareness by Jo Anne KleifgenThe Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating for Language Awareness by Jo Anne Kleifgen

The Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating for Language Awareness

EditorJo Anne Kleifgen, George C. Bond

Paperback | February 17, 2009

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This book examines the social cost of linguistic exceptionalism for the education of speakers of nondominant/subordinated languages in Africa and the African diaspora. The contributors take the languages of Africa, the Caribbean, and the US as cases in point to illustrate the effects of exceptionalist beliefs that these languages are inadequate for instructional purposes. They describe contravening movements toward various forms of linguistic diversity both inside and outside of school settings across these regions. Different theoretical lenses and a range of empirical data are brought to bear on investigating the role of these languages in educational policies and practices. Collectively, the chapters in this volume make the case for a comprehensive language awareness to remedy the myths of linguistic exceptionalism and to advance the affirmative dimensions of linguistic diversity.
Jo Anne Kleifgen is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA. Her publications include Educating Emergent Bilinguals: Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Language Learners (with Ofelia García; Teachers College Press, 2010) and Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating f...
Title:The Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating for Language AwarenessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.27 × 5.74 × 0.72 inPublished:February 17, 2009Publisher:Multilingual MattersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1847691331

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Discourses of Linguistic Exceptionalism and Linguistic Diversity in Education - Jo Anne KleifgenPart 1: Language and Education in AfricaIntroduction to Part 1 - George C. Bond2. African perspectives on linguistic diversity: Implications for language policy and education - Sinfree Makoni and Barbara Trudell3. Language in education in Africa: Can monolingual policies work in multilingual societies? - Casmir Rubagumya4. Perspectives, challenges and prospects of African languages in education: A case study of Kiswahili in Tanzania - Peter Mtesigwa5. Languages, literacies, and libraries: A view from Africa - Kate Parry6. Street Setswana vs. School Setswana: Language policies and the forging of identities in South African classrooms - Susan E. CookPart 2: Language and Education in the DiasporaIntroduction to Part 2 - Jo Anne Kleifgen7. Creole Exceptionalism and the (mis-)education of the Creole speaker - Michel DeGraff8. Political and cultural dimensions of Creole as a regional language in the French Antilles - Ellen M. Schnepel9. Success or failure? Language, tracking, and social stratification of Anglophone Caribbean students - Shondel Nero10. Sierra Leonean and Liberian students in ESL programs in the US: The role of Creole English - Christa de Kleine11. Continued marginalization: The social costs of exceptionalism for African refugee learners of English - Doris S. Warriner12. Linguistic profiling, education, and the law within and beyond the African diaspora - John Baugh13. On shallow grammar: African American English and the critique of exceptionalism - Arthur K. Spears14. African American English and the public interest - Walt Wolfram15. Rockin' the classroom: Using Hip Hop as an educational tool - Jon A. YasinIndex

Editorial Reviews

This deeply informed and solidly grounded inquiry provides an illuminating perspective into the nature, variety, and social and cultural setting of languages of Africa and the diaspora, and implications for instruction and language policy. A very valuable contribution.

- Noam Chomsky