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2014 October Talking Points, v26.1

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Issue Theme: Learning English as a New Language

Level(s): Elementary

ISBN/ISSN: 1522-6115


Talking Points
Volume 26, Number 1, October 2014

Issue Theme: Learning English as a New Language

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From the Editors
Sally Brown and Deborah MacPhee
Abstract: An introduction to the current issue on Learning English as a New Language and the concept of “emergent bilinguals.”

Transforming Literate Identities: Writing and Multilingual Children at Work
Tasha Tropp Laman
Abstract: Tasha Tropp Laman’s article documents how writers’ notebooks can be used as mediational tools for meaning making, especially the creation of multilingual texts.

“Drive my mind into thinking”: Using Freewriting in an English Language Learning Classroom
Yang Wang and Yuebo Zheng
Abstract: The authors examine the benefits of freewriting for three undergraduate English language majors from China.

Stories from the Past: Using the Language Experience Approach in Correctional Education ESL
Susanne Gardner
Abstract: Susanne Gardner highlights a unit of study in writing that is grounded in a Language Experience Approach (LEA) and designed to support male inmates in developing and using English to share their life stories.

Common Core: Ignoring Education’s Real Problems
Stephen Krashen
Abstract: Stephen Krashen discusses current issues related to emergent bilinguals and the Common Core Standards.

Professional Resources: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
Abstract: The Professional Resources section provides foundational texts for exploring this topic along with Web tools and a historical timeline.

Web Extra: Timeline of US Policy Decisions Concerning Language Diversity

WLU on the Move!: President’s Message and Board News
Abstract: This message from WLU President Debra Goodman highlights the importance of whole language classrooms in multilingual settings.

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