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Heritage Language Speakers and Public Schooling. Emily Curtis University of Washington PhD, Linguistics EdD Candidate. Poster for the National Heritage Language Research Council 7 th Annual Institute University of Illinois, Chicago June 2013. My Perspectives.

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Heritage language speakers and public schooling
Heritage Language Speakers and Public Schooling

Emily Curtis

University of Washington

PhD, Linguistics

EdD Candidate

Poster for the National Heritage Language Research Council 7th Annual Institute

University of Illinois, Chicago

June 2013


My perspectives
My Perspectives

Emily Curtis

  • Raised in Theoretical Linguistics (PhD, 2003)

  • Now Doctoral Candidate in Education (Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Ed)

    • What do teachers need to know about language/linguistics?

    • What can Linguistics contribute in Education?

    • Continuing research on metalinguistic knowledge

      • What? Who? Whence/How? Why/what for?

  • Teaching Teacher courses in Linguistics

  • This Presentation:

    • What can Education contribute to HLMaintenance, HLSpeakers’ bilingual development?


Some questions
Some Questions

Emily Curtis

What are public schools doing for

Heritage language speakers?

What does teacher education need to do?

What is the status of education research on topics related to HL and bilingualism?

Olga Kagan: HLStudies needs to have an impact on Education


Briefly
Briefly,

 Socio-linguistic supports for HL

*with some caveats

Student-age Heritage language speakers are rarely recognized as such in the “mainstream” education literature*

However, Ed. Research and Teacher Ed. has been concerned with “Cultural and Linguistic Diversity”for around 50 years

The “needs” of CLD students most recently being addressed are (finally) approximating some “needs” of HL speakers, namely scaffolding advanced/academic English literacy

 Grammatical/metalinguisticsupports for HL bilingualism-biliteracy

Some preliminary findings on what teachers know and what they take from a targeted linguistics course

Emily Curtis


History of cultural and linguistic diversity in education
History of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Education

1 Villegas, 2009; 2 Ladson-Billings, 2006; 3Moll et al., 1992; 4Wong-Fillmore & Snow, 2002

  • US public schools segregated until 1954 Brown v. Board of Education

    • Assimilationist,1 Monolingual English, Prescriptive Grammar

  • Integration starting 1960s, and Civil Rights Movement

     Multicultural Education

    • focus on racial/ethnic minorities, pluralism

    • social justice: close “achievement gap” / repay “education debt” 2

    • Banks, Cochran-Smith, Delpit, Gay: “cultural responsiveness”

    • Teacher Ed: “funds of knowledge”3of CLD students and overturning a “deficit perspective” on differences--ESL v. bilingual

    • BUT schools ceased teaching English grammar in mid-grades4

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History of cld in education
History of CLD in Education

1 Lucas, Villegas and Freedson-Gonzales, 2008, Lucas and Villegas, 2010, 2011

2Varghese, 2004 3Hakuta, 2011

  • Some attention to language

    • dialects other than Standard (Heath 1982)

    • teaching the standard or “literary discourse” (Delpit, 1995)

  • Lucas, Villegas: (socio)-linguistic responsiveness1 in Teacher Ed.

  • National studies:

    • Carnegie Foundation’s (2007) Teachers for a New Era,

    • National Academy of Education’s (2005) A good teacher in every classroom

  • Bilingual education has had a difficult time

    • “English-only” movements beginning in the 1980s; 17 states end bilingual education2

    • reauthorisationof the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2000 eliminated Title VII, the 1968 Bilingual Education Act (main funding for bilingual education) 2

    • cultural stigma3

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History of cld in education1
History of CLD in Education

1 Valdes, 2005; also Gandara, 2005; Levine 2006; 2Harklau, 1994; 3 Grossman and Lieb, 2008; 4Cochran-Smith and Fries, 2005; Clayton, Barnhardt, & Brisk, 2008;5 Lucas and Grinberg, 2008; 6Zeichner, 2012; Artiles, Harry, Reschly & Chinn 2002; Hawkins, 2011

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  • 1994: mainstream teachers have not known how to provide ESL supports2

  • 2005: teachers feeling “woefully unprepared”1 to work with ELL

  • 2008: most teachers (83% White,3 most monolingual) have no experiences to encourage cultural and linguistic responsiveness (or knowledge)4

  • 2005: 46% of fourth-grader ELLs scored “below basic” in math and 73% “below basic” in reading nationwide

    • (compared to 11% and 25% respectively for White students)5

  • inequalities in high school graduation rates, access to college-prep courses, “unequal access to a broad and rich curriculum that educates students to understand and to think critically, and in the disproportionate assignment of students of color and English learners to special education classes with limited educational opportunities”6


History of cld in education2
History of CLD in Education

1 Villegas and Lucas, 2011 2 Valdes and Castellon, 2011

  • BUT, waves of immigration 1985-

  • Increased numbers of “English Language Learners”

    • formerly “Limited English Proficient” (LEP)

    • sometimes now called “Emergent Bilinguals” – incl. HLS

    • approx. 20% of public school students home lg. LOTE (in 2006)1

  • Increased diversity of languages

    • though 80% nationally are Spanish-L1/HL2

    • Over 460 languages spoken in homes of public school students nationwide2– includes HLS

    • Over 100 in Seattle

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History of cld in education3
History of CLD in Education

1Wong Fillmore & Snow, 2002; Lucas & Grinberg, 2008; Lucas, Villegas, & Freedson-Gonzalez, 2008; Valdes, Bunch, Snow, & Lee, 2005

  • Changing demographics

  • Cutting of ESL funding

  • MoreELL (ESL) students in mainstream classrooms

    +widespread Social Justice & Multicultural Education emphases in Teacher Education Programs (TEP)

    • equity, equal access to rigorous curricula

      => emphasis on teacherknowledge of language, linguistics, acquisition1

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Recent focus on language in cld education research and teacher education
Recent Focus on Language in CLD Education Research and Teacher Education

  • Cummins, 1979: BICS vs. CALP

    (Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills vs. Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency)

  • Schleppegrell, 2004: Language of Schooling (register)

  • Echevarria, Vogt, & Short, 2008: SIOP method -- language learning objectives, identifying language demands

  • Bruner, Vygotsky, Cazden;Short & Fitzsimmons, 2007:Scaffolding

  • Walqui& van Lier, 2010: Amplify (language), don’t simplify

  • Schleppegrell & Colombi (eds.) : Advanced Literacy in L1 and L2

  • Schleppegrell & colleagues: Systemic Functional Linguistics (disciplinary language; academic language)

    • EXPLICIT FOCUS ON LINGUISTIC FORM AND FUNCTION (meaning)

      For teachers(curriculum choices) and for students (learning activities)

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Basic conclusion
Basic “Conclusion”

1 Scarcella, 2002

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Though focused on English side of bilingualism

potential benefits for HLMaintenance, HLSpeakers

  • Culturally, Sociolinguistically

    recognition of multiculturalism and bilingualism in US (and world), “bilingual” v. “ELL”; support for L1 (important for L2)1

  • identity, motivation, pride/capability

    2. Linguistically, grammatically

    making language explicit

     attention to form, metalinguistic knowledge (incl. socio-ling.)

    Maria Polinsky: not always bilingual advantage–why/when not? how to encourage?


Focus on academic language scaffolding for cld
Focus on Academic Language Scaffolding for CLD

Future Directions:

  • Interdisciplinary collaborations and cross-fertilization in research:

    • Second language acquisition

    • Bilingualism research and bilingual education

    • Heritage languages

    • EdPsych, Teacher Education, and Policy

  • Curricula also needed:

    • Teacher education

    • K-12 language/linguistic education

  • What else do Public School Teachers need to know/believe/do to support HLM and HLS?

    Please leave a note

Emily Curtis


Heritage language speakers and public schooling
Study underway: Knowledge, dispositions and skills of pre-service K-12 teachers in ELL Endorsement: ENTERING

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Register & Code-switching (of registers!)

  • HAVE: “academic language” understanding of home vs. school language contexts

  • NEED: multiple registers/context effects; pragmatics

    Sociolinguistics

  • HAVE: code-switching registers & sociolects(AAVE), and funds of knowledge

  • cultural language use and participation structures differences

  • NEED: naturalness of variation, inevitability of acquiring ambient variety (not “choice” ); identity (covert prestige)

    Morphology

  • HAVE: Latin & Greek roots (academic vocabulary), cognates (Spanish)

  • NEED: wider cross-linguistic/typological understanding; inflection/derivation; other derivational patterns of English; other etymologies; disciplinary language

    L2 / Heritage / Bilingualism

  • HAVE: focus on English (ESL), external aids (scaffolding=visuals/graphics, repetition, word wall), sociocultural/cooperative learning, support/use of L1

  • NEED: theories, stages and factors in L2, different kinds of bilingualism, comparative understanding (transfer/interference)


Study underway ksd of pre service k 12 teachers in ell endorsement gained
Study underway: KSD of pre-service K-12 teachers in ELL Endorsement: GAINED

Emily Curtis

  • “Concept of phoneme”

    • concept of transfer/influence of L1

    • psychological reality of grammatical structure

  • Language Sketch Assignment

    • understanding complexity of language and task of L2

    • differences in structure (e.g. morphological typology)

  • Language Attitudes & Knowledge Autobiography Assignment

    • (and other activities)

    • prescriptive vs. descriptive grammar – can’t teach prescriptively, but descriptively…

  • Functional Analysis Readings

    • Insight into specific disciplinary language (information structuring)

    • Methods of engaging in language analysis/discussion (with students)

      toward deeper understanding and “making language explicit”


Focus on academic language scaffolding for cld1
Focus on Academic Language Scaffolding for CLD

Future Directions:

  • Interdisciplinary collaborations and cross-fertilization in research:

    • Second language acquisition

    • Bilingualism research and bilingual education

    • Heritage languages

    • EdPsych, Teacher Education, and Policy

  • Curricula also needed:

    • Teacher education

    • K-12 language/linguistic education

  • What else do Public School Teachers need to know/believe/do to support HLM and HLS?

    Please leave a note

Emily Curtis