Using ESL Students’ First Language to Promote College Success: Sneaking the Mother Tongue through the Backdoor

1st Edition

Andrea Parmegiani

Published January 2, 2019
Reference - 136 Pages
ISBN 9781138296770 - CAT# Y365352
Series: Routledge Research in Educational Equality and Diversity

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Emerging from a critical analysis of the glocal power of English and how it relates to academic literacy and culturally responsive pedagogy, this book presents translanguaging strategies for using ESL students' mother tongue as a resource for academic literacy acquisition and college success. Parmegiani offers a strong counterpoint to the "English-only" movement in the United States. Grounded in a case study of a learning community linking Spanish and English academic writing courses, he demonstrates that a mother tongue-based pedagogical intervention and the strategic use of minority home languages can promote English language acquisition and academic success.

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