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The Missing Piece in Teacher Education: The Preparation of Linguistically Responsive Teachers


by Tamara Lucas & Ana María Villegas - 2010

This chapter examines what some teacher educators are already doing and what all teacher educators need to do to prepare general classroom teachers to teach English Language Learners (ELLs). The authors argue that, because of the trend toward inclusion of ELLs in the mainstream class and the role of language in schooling, it is essential that all teachers be prepared to teach ELLs. They then present a conception of linguistically responsive teaching that outlines essential curriculum content for preparing teachers for ELLs, and they highlight elements of program design that can support the preparation of teachers for teaching ELLs.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 109. No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 112 Number 14, 2010, p. 297-318
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18412, Date Accessed: 9/19/2019 3:01:41 AM

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  • Tamara Lucas
    Montclair State University
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    TAMARA LUCAS is Professor of Educational Foundations and Associate Dean in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University. Her research explores the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students and the preparation of their teachers. Her most recent books are Teacher Preparation for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms: A Resource for Teacher Educators, published by Taylor & Francis in 2010, and Educating Culturally Responsive Teachers: A Coherent Approach, with Ana María Villegas (2002). She has published numerous articles and book chapters, including a chapter (with Jaime Grinberg) entitled “Responding to the Linguistic Reality of Mainstream Classrooms: Preparing All Teachers to Teach English Language Learners,” in the 2008 Handbook of Research on Teacher Education (edited by M. Cochran Smith, S. Feiman-Nemser, & J. McIntyre).
  • Ana María Villegas
    Montclair State University
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    ANA MARÍA VILLEGAS is Professor of Curriculum and Teaching and Director of the Ed.D. program in Teacher Education and Teacher Development at Montclair State University, where she teaches graduate courses in culturally responsive teaching, urban education, and teacher education policy. Her work focuses on the education of racial/ethnic and language minority students, the preparation of teachers for a diverse student population, and the recruitment of teachers of color. She edited the diversity section in the Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis (2008). Her other publications include a book entitled Educating Culturally Responsive Teachers: A Coherent Approach (with Tamara Lucas), and numerous journal articles and book chapters, including a chapter entitled “The Preparation of Classroom Teachers for Teaching English Language Learners: The Policy Context” (with T. Lucas) in Teacher Preparation for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms: A Resource for Teacher Educators to be published by Taylor & Francis.
 
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