[Edling] Race and Empire in English Language Teaching, by Suhanthie Motha

Suhanthie Motha nishansu at comcast.net
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Race, Empire, and English Language

Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice

By Suhanthie Motha

³This is an important and timely book. How to best educate new Americans,
including the best language policies, is a matter of controversy and
dissent. Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching is must reading for
teachers and school administrators, policymakers, and concerned citizens who
are interested in a deeper understanding of how anti-racist pedagogical
practices and culturally responsive teaching can work to engage all students
moving forward.² ‹Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, dean and distinguished
professor of education, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information
Studies, co-author of Learning a New Land

³Foregrounding teachers¹ voices, Motha lucidly conceptualizes ideological
facets of teaching English‹ monolingualism, native speakerism, and standard
language‹as racialized practices that undergird colonial power and
contradict pluricentric understandings of English. Her analysis is
intellectually robust, morally engaging, and discursively accessible. This
is a must-read for all ESL professionals.² ‹Ryuko Kubota, professor,
Department of Language and Literacy Education, The University of British

This timely and critical look at the teaching of English shows how language
is used to create hierarchies of cultural privilege in public schools across
the United States. Drawing on the work of four ESL teachers who pursued
anti-racist pedagogical practices during their first year of teaching, the
author provides a compelling account of how new teachers might gain agency
for culturally responsive teaching in spite of school cultures that often
discourage such approaches. She combines current research and original
analyses to shed light on real classroom situations faced by teachers of
linguistically diverse populations. This book will help pre- and inservice
teachers to think about such challenges as differential achievement between
language learners and ³native-speakers²; hierarchies of languages and
language varieties; the difference between an accent identity and an
incorrect pronunciation; and the use of students¹ first languages in English
classes. An important resource for classroom teaching, educational policy,
school leadership, and teacher preparation, this volume includes reflection
questions at the end of each chapter.

Suhanthie Motha is associate professor in the Department of English at the
University of Washington, Seattle. March 2014/208 pp./Paperback,
$39.95/ISBN: 978-0-8077-5512-9

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