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Advocating for English Learners: Selected Essays


reviewed by Theresa Austin October 07, 2008

coverTitle: Advocating for English Learners: Selected Essays
Author(s): James Crawford
Publisher: Multilingual Matters, Clevedon
ISBN: 1847690726, Pages: 160, Year: 2008
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If you had less than 200 pages to present a case that has been controversial for more than three decades, you would want to read James Crawford's text. A journalist who became increasingly an advocate for bilingual education, Crawford writes in an easy-to-access style that makes complex issues approachable and understandable. As his stature grew, through his prolific coverage of issues in the field of language policy, Crawford was asked to become the executive director of the National Association for Bilingual Educational. During the two years at its helm, Crawford's advocacy agenda was not fully embraced by several board members, resulting in his ouster. While this level of controversy was personal, the move allowed Crawford to lead another budding organization, the Institute for Language and Education Policy, designed to use research to inform policy making that affects English and heritage language learners.   The entire collection zigzags through a little more... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 07, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15398, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 7:35:13 PM

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  • Theresa Austin
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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    THERESA AUSTIN is an associate professor in Language, Literacy and Culture, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies Department, School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She examines educational language & literacy policies in bilingual/second /world language instruction in multilingual transnational societies, intersectionality of critical perspectives in teacher education, and development of critical cross cultural inquiries with teachers and students through second/world language instruction, technology, and assessment practices
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