New Book Publication: Language in Education: Social Implications by A/P Rita Elaine Silver and Asst/P Soe Marlar Lwin
Friday, 08 November 2013
Teachers in any subject area must have a basic understanding
of how language is learned and used in educational contexts because language
impacts teaching and learning across all subjects.
This book is written
specifically for those teachers and teacher trainees who want to know more
about language learning and use in educational contexts and, especially, those
who care about the social implications of language in education.
Chapters address crucial questions that teachers must
- How is language structured?
- How is language learned at home and in school, by first,
second and bilingual language learners?
- How is language used in classrooms to shape learning?
- How does language vary in different regions and due to
social characteristics of users?
- How can language be used to make meaning in different modes
(oral/written) and contexts?
- How do language policies intersect with education policies,
and how do these impact teachers?
The chapters are full of examples of language use in
educational contexts to help readers understand language in action. The
examples not only highlight key points, they also provide opportunities for
readers to deepen their understanding by experiencing analysis of language.
Each chapter closes with a discussion of relevance to educational settings and
questions which can be used for in-class discussion or personal reflection.
Suggestions for further readings and online viewing are included, and a
comprehensive companion website is available.