A Look at Language as a Resource: Lessons from La Clase Mágica


by Olga A. Vásquez - 1993

In the next section, I sketch briefly the sociocultural perspective that helps us to understand that language is not merely a string of words independent of its sociolinguistic context. Rather, language is intimately tied to individuals' everyday situations, cultural values, and social relations. Next, I describe La Clase Magica (The Magical Class); a bilingual/bicultural educational innovation that seeks to optimize the learning potential of Spanish-speaking children by restructuring activities to include knowledge and skills they bring from the various learning domains in which they participate. Finally, I discuss the insights on language and learning we have gained from providing children with free access to their own background experiences.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 92, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 94 Number 6, 1993, p. 199-224
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19275, Date Accessed: 8/10/2020 11:10:59 AM

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