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The Handbook of Educational Linguistics

Bernard Spolsky (Editor), Francis M. Hult (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3104-2
704 pages
February 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Educational Linguistics is a dynamic, scientifically grounded overview revealing the complexity of this growing field while remaining accessible for students, researchers, language educators, curriculum developers, and educational policy makers.

  • A single volume overview of educational linguistics, written by leading specialists in its many relevant fields
  • Takes into account the diverse theoretical foundations, core themes, major findings, and practical applications of educational linguistics
  • Highlights the multidisciplinary reach of educational linguistics
  • Reflects the complexity of this growing field, whilst remaining accessible to a wide audience
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

1 Introduction: What is Educational Linguistics? (Bernard Spolsky).

2 The History and Development of Educational Linguistics (Francis M. Hult).

Part I Foundations for Educational Linguistics.

3 Neurobiology of Language Learning (Laura Sabourin and Laurie A. Stowe).

4 Psycholinguistics (William C. Ritchie and Tej K. Bhatia).

5 Linguistic Theory (Richard Hudson).

6 Sociolinguistics and Sociology of Language (Rajend Mesthrie).

7 Linguistic Anthropology (Stanton Wortham).

8 The Political Matrix of Linguistic Ideologies (Mary McGroarty).

9 Educational Linguistics and Education Systems (Joseph Lo Bianco).

Part II Core Themes.

Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Education.

10 The Language of Instruction Issue: Framing an Empirical Perspective (Stephen L. Walter).

11 Bilingual and Biliterate Practices at Home and School (Iliana Reyes and Luis C. Moll).

12 Vernacular Language Varieties in Educational Settings: Research and Development (Jeffrey Reaser and Carolyn Temple Adger).

13 Linguistic Accessibility and Deaf Children (Samuel J. Supalla and Jody H. Cripps).

14 Identity in Language and Literacy Education (Carolyn McKinney and Bonny Norton).

15 Post-colonialism and Globalization in Language Education (Hyunjung Shin and Ryuko Kubota).

Language Education Policy and Management.

16 Levels and Goals: Central Frameworks and Local Strategies (Brian North).

17 Language Acquisition Management Inside and Outside the School (Richard B. Baldauf Jr., Minglin Li, and Shouhui Zhao).

18 Language Cultivation in Developed Contexts (Jirí Nekvapil).

19 Language Cultivation in Contexts of Multiple Community Languages (M. Paul Lewis and Barbara Trudell).

20 Ecological Language Education Policy (Nancy H. Hornberger and Francis M. Hult).

21 Education for Speakers of Endangered Languages (Teresa L. McCarty, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, and Ole Henrik Magga).

22 The Impact of English on the School Curriculum (Yun-Kyung Cha and Seung-Hwan Ham).

Literacy Development.

23 Literacy (Glynda A. Hull and Gregorio Hernandez).

24 Vernacular and Indigenous Literacies (Kendall A. King and Carol Benson).

25 Religious and Sacred Literacies (Jonathan M. Watt and Sarah L. Fairfield).

26 Genre and Register in Multiliteracies (Mary Macken-Horarik and Misty Adoniou).

Acquiring a Language.

27 Order of Acquisition and Developmental Readiness (Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig and Llorenç Comajoan).

28 Language Socialization (Kathleen C. Riley).

29 Interlanguage and Language Transfer (Peter Skehan).

30 Second Language Acquisition and Ultimate Attainment (David Birdsong and Jee Paik).

31 Explicit Form-Focused Instruction and Second Language Acquisition (Rod Ellis).

Language Assessment.

32 Language Assessments: Gate-Keepers or Door-Openers? (Lyle F. Bachman and James E. Purpura).

33 Diagnostic and Formative Assessment (Ari Huhta).

34 Accountability and Standards (Alan Davies).

35 Scales and Frameworks (Neil Jones and Nick Saville).

36 Nationally Mandated Testing for Accountability: English Language Learners in the US (Micheline Chalhoub-Deville and Craig Deville).

Part III Research–Practice Relationships.

37 Task-Based Teaching and Learning (Teresa Pica).

38 Corpus Linguistics and Second Language Instruction (Susan M. Conrad and Kimberly R. LeVelle).

39 Interaction, Output, and Communicative Language Learning (Merrill Swain and Wataru Suzuki).

40 Classroom Discourse and Interaction: Reading Across the Traditions (Lesley A. Rex and Judith L. Green).

41 Computer Assisted Language Learning (Carol A. Chapelle).

42 Ecological-Semiotic Perspectives on Educational Linguistics (Leo van Lier).

43 The Mediating Role of Language in Teaching and Learning: A Classroom Perspective (Francis Bailey, Beverley Burkett, and Donald Freeman).

44 A Research Agenda for Educational Linguistics (Paola Uccelli and Catherine Snow).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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Author Information

Bernard Spolsky was Professor at McGill University, Indiana University, the University of New Mexico and Bar-Ilan University; he retired in 2000. He has written and edited two dozen books, including Educational Linguistics: an Introduction (1978), Conditions for Second Language Learning (1989), The Languages of Jerusalem (1991), Measured Words (1995), Sociolinguistics (1998), The Languages of Israel (1999), Concise Encyclopedia of Educational Linguistics (1999) and Language Policy (2004), and has published about 200 articles and chapters.

Francis M. Hult is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has also taught at Lund University in Sweden and at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. He is the founder and manager of the Educational Linguistics List. His publications have appeared in the journals World Englishes (with King and Berg), Language Policy, and Current Issues in Language Planning.

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  • A single volume overview of educational linguistics, written by the field's leading specialists, now available in paperback
  • Takes into account the diverse theoretical foundations, core themes, major findings, and practical applications of educational linguistics
  • Highlights the multidisciplinary reach of educational linguistics
  • A dynamic, scientifically-grounded overview, which reflects the complexity of this growing field whilst remaining accessible to a wide audience
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“The Handbook of Educational Linguistics will not, and could not, accomplish this alone, but it is an invaluable resource in helping us to move forward in this direction.”  (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2012)

"An affordable, one-volume compendium that sums up the increasingly complex and multidisciplinary field of educational linguistics via focused yet processable articles written by an international group of experts ... Spolsky & Hult offer a varied and valuable treatment of key language questions faced by educators and government planners today." Linguist List (September 2010)
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