The Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating for Language Awareness (New Perspectives on Language and Education)

The Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating for Language Awareness (New Perspectives on Language and Education)

By: George C. Bond (editor), Jo Anne Kleifgen (editor)Paperback

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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.

About Author

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 Garcia; Teachers College Press, 2010) and Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating for Language Awareness (with George C. Bond; Multilingual Matters, 2009). George Clement Bond is the Director of the Center for African Education and William F. Russell Professor for Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His interests include education and elite formation in the United States and Africa, African studies, African religions and politics, agrarian transformations and cultural dimensions of urban and minority populations.


1. Introduction: Discourses of Linguistic Exceptionalism and Linguistic Diversity in Education - Jo Anne Kleifgen Part 1: Language and Education in Africa Introduction to Part 1 - George C. Bond 2. African perspectives on linguistic diversity: Implications for language policy and education - Sinfree Makoni and Barbara Trudell 3. Language in education in Africa: Can monolingual policies work in multilingual societies? - Casmir Rubagumya 4. Perspectives, challenges and prospects of African languages in education: A case study of Kiswahili in Tanzania - Peter Mtesigwa 5. Languages, literacies, and libraries: A view from Africa - Kate Parry 6. Street Setswana vs. School Setswana: Language policies and the forging of identities in South African classrooms - Susan E. Cook Part 2: Language and Education in the Diaspora Introduction to Part 2 - Jo Anne Kleifgen 7. Creole Exceptionalism and the (mis-)education of the Creole speaker - Michel DeGraff 8. Political and cultural dimensions of Creole as a regional language in the French Antilles - Ellen M. Schnepel 9. Success or failure? Language, tracking, and social stratification of Anglophone Caribbean students - Shondel Nero 10. Sierra Leonean and Liberian students in ESL programs in the US: The role of Creole English - Christa de Kleine 11. Continued marginalization: The social costs of exceptionalism for African refugee learners of English - Doris S. Warriner 12. Linguistic profiling, education, and the law within and beyond the African diaspora - John Baugh 13. On shallow grammar: African American English and the critique of exceptionalism - Arthur K. Spears 14. African American English and the public interest - Walt Wolfram 15. Rockin' the classroom: Using Hip Hop as an educational tool - Jon A. Yasin Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781847691330
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781847691330
  • weight: 406
  • ISBN10: 1847691331

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