[lg policy] bibitem: Language Policy for the Multilingual Classroom: Pedagogy of the Possible

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 13 13:54:40 UTC 2011

Forwarded From:  edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

New Publication :

Christine Hélot & Muiris O' LAoire (eds) (2011) Language Policy for
the Multilingual Classroom: Pedagogy of the possible, Bristol,
Multilingual Matters

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With contributions from leading scholars all around the world, this
volume underlines the ever-pressing need for new language in education
policies to include all learners’ voices in the multilingual classroom
and to empower teachers to develop responsive and transformative
pedagogies. Using testimonies, narratives and examples from different
international contexts, this book points clearly to what can be
achieved practically in the multilingual classroom so that
multilingual learners’ voices are legitimated, while also addressing
the complex inter-relating sociolinguistic issues around the promotion
of bilingualism and multilingualism in education.


In this book, Hélot and O’Laoire fill the gaps that Hélot has so well
identified in the past with possibilities - possibilities to educate
for social equity and plurilingualism. But instead of arguing for
top-down language education policies, Hélot and O’Laoire open
possibilities in the ecology of classrooms through the agency of
teachers and students. Focusing on pedagogies of the possible, this
book is ground-breaking in its ecological approach that will appeal to
scholars, policy makers and educators alike.
Ofelia Garcia

Language Policy for a Multilingual Classroom clearly shows how
classroom pedagogies in different parts of the world can build on the
resources of multilingual learners. This volume is an excellent
contribution to the field of multilingualism in general and to
multilingual education in particular.
Jasone Cenoz, University of the Basque Country

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