Tuesday, August 11, 2009

[MLE] The JNU MLE conference book is out!

Dear MLE friends,
Congratulation to Prof Ajit Mohanty and his team: the book with a selection of the JNU MLE conference papers of early 2008 came out. The title is "Multilingual Education For Social Justice" Today in the The Hindu appeared a review. The concluding paragraph reads:

"The book resonates with the contemporary Indian scene, where language, particularly as a medium of learning, has become a fiercely contested terrain. The scales are disastrously tilting to suit the elite design of language as tool for domination. The Dalit, indigenous, migrant, poor child, if helped to learn in the medium of its language, will blossom into a strong, confident, creative person, equally participating in building the India of our dreams."


The book is available at Orient Blackswan 1/24, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi-110002 for Rs. 675. More details below.

Regards,
Karsten

Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, SIL Int.
SIL, South Asia Group.

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Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights
Social Justice Through Multilingual Education


Edited by: Tove Skutnabb-Kangas
Robert Phillipson
Ajit K. Mohanty
Minati Panda

List price: £79.95  Discount: 20%  
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Format: Hardback (pp: 416)  ISBN: 1847691900
Publication date: 01 Jul 2009
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Summary:
The principles for enabling children to become fully proficient multilinguals through schooling are well known. Even so, most indigenous/tribal, minority and marginalised children are not provided with appropriate mother-tongue-based multilingual education (MLE) that would enable them to succeed in school and society. In this book experts from around the world ask why this is, and show how it can be done. The book discusses general principles and challenges in depth and presents case studies from Canada and the USA, northern Europe, Peru, Africa, India, Nepal and elsewhere in Asia. Analysis by leading scholars in the field shows the importance of building on local experience. Sharing local solutions globally can lead to better theory, and to action for more social justice and equality through education.

Author Biography:
Ajit Mohanty (psycholinguistics, multilingualism and multilingual education focusing on education, poverty and disadvantage among linguistic minorities) and Minati Panda (mathematical discourse and learning, cognition, culture, curricular and pedagogic issues and socia l exclusion) are both professors at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Robert Phillipson (linguistic imperialism, English as a 'world' language, language policy) is emeritus professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (linguistic human rights, linguistic genocide, linguicism, MLE, linguistic imperialism and the subtractive spread of English, and the relationship between linguistic and cultural diversity and biodiversity) is emerita, Roskilde University, Denmark and A...bo Akademi University, Finland.

Contents:

PART 1:

INTRODUCTION Foreword by the editors
1.  Multilingual education - A Bridge Too Far? - Ajit Mohanty

PART 2:

MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION:

APPROACHES AND CONSTRAINTS
2. Fundamental psychological and sociological principles underlying educational success for linguistic minority students - Jim Cummins
3. MLE for global justice: Issues, approaches, opportunities - Tove Skutnabb-Kangas
4. Designing effective schooling in multilingual contexts: The strengths and limitations of bilingual 'models' - Carol Benson

PART 3:

GLOBAL AND LOCAL TENSIONS AND PROMISES IN MLE
5. The tension between linguistic diversity and dominant English - Robert Phillipson
6. Literacy and bi/multilingual education in Africa: recovering collective memory and knowledge - Kathleen Heugh
7. Empowering Indigenous languages - What can be learned from Native American experiences? - Teresa McCarty
8. Education, multilingualism and translanguaging in the 21st c entury - Ofelia Garcia
9. Privileging Indigenous Knowledges: Empowering MLE in Nepal - David Hough, Ram Bahadur Thapa Magar, Amrit Yonjan-Tamang and Iina Nurmela
10. The caste system approach to multilingualism in Canada: Linguistic and cultural minority children in French immersion - Shelley K. Taylor

PART 4:

MLE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE - DIVERSITY IN INDIGENOUS /TRIBAL EXPERIENCE
11. The contribution of postcolonial theory to intercultural bilingual education in Peru: an Indigenous teacher training programme - Susanne Jacobsen Perez
12. Reversing language shift through a Native language immersion teacher training program in Canada - Andrea Bear Nicholas
13. The ethnic revival, language and education of the Sami, an Indigenous people, in three Nordic countries (Finland, Norway and Sweden) - Ulla Aikio-Puoskari
14. Hundreds of home languages in the country and many in most classrooms - coping with diversity in primary education in India - Dhir Jhingran
15. Overcoming the language barrier for tribal children: MLE in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, India - Ajit Mohanty, Mahendra Kumar Mishra, N. Upender Reddy and Gumidyal Ramesh

PART 5:

ANALYSING PROSPECTS FOR MLE TO INCREASE SOCIAL JUSTICE
16. Language matters, so does culture: beyond the rhetoric of culture in multilingual education - Minati Panda and Ajit Mohanty
17. MLE concepts, goals, needs and expense: English for all or achieving justice?: Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Robert Phillipson, Minati Panda, Ajit Mohanty < br>

About the authors References Subject index Person index.

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