Archive for October 2014

Photo by Bettinche
Photo by Bettinche

Presidential Forum

Educating Students Who Do Not Speak the Societal Language: The Social Construction of Language-Learner Categories

Guadalupe Valdés, Luis Poza, and Maneka Deanna Brooks

On 21 September 2012, California Assembly Bill 2193 was approved by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill added sections to California's Education Code defining the terms long-term English learner and English learner at risk of becoming a long-term English learner. . . .

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Photo by Grant Hutchison

Presidential Forum

Resisting Trivialization

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

In a recent education supplement of the New York Times, a piece advising recent graduates on entering professional schools begins with the words, "We're not talking about humanities" (Hoover). . . .

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Photo by Bill Dickinson

Presidential Forum

Lessons for Losing

Mary Louise Pratt

The terms language and vulnerability come together in many ways. There is the vulnerability of infants, who quickly perceive they are nonverbal beings in a verbal world and for whom acquiring language becomes the central focus of effort. There is the vulnerability of the dislocated . . .

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Photo by Jack

Presidential Forum

Professional Migration, Neoliberal Development Discourses, and Language Vulnerability

Suresh Canagarajah

Languages are often made vulnerable for reasons beyond our control. Environmental factors, such as climate change or natural disasters, and social disturbances, such as ethnic conflicts and civil wars, displace people from their homes and displace, with the people, their languages. . . .
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