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Talking Points, Vol. 12, No. 1, November 2000

Cover Art for Talking Points, Vol. 12, No. 1, October/November 2000

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Issue Theme: Maintaining Languages

  • A Non-English Speaker Joins Your Class: What Can You Do?

    Kay Armijo

    Abstract: A child who speaks no English has joined my class. I do not speak any language except English, nor do any of my other students. I am at a loss as to what to do. I want the experience to be positive for all my students and me. What are some things I can do?

    Keywords: Elementary, Language

  • Learning in Order to Teach in Chicxulub Puerto, Yucat√°n Mexico

    Cynthia J. Wilber

    Abstract: Describes a community-based computer education program for the young people (and adults) of Chicxulub Puerto, a small fishing village in Yucatan, Mexico. Notes the children learn Maya, Spanish, and English in the context of learning computer and telecommunication skills. Concludes that access to the Internet has made a profound difference in a town where there are virtually no books.

    Keywords: Elementary, Language, School-Community Relation, Technology

  • Supporting Preliterate Older Emergent Readers in Becoming Bilingual and Biliterate

    Sandra Mercuri

    Abstract: Describes a bilingual Spanish/English teacher's grade 4/5/6 students, many of whom are children from migrant families with little or no formal schooling. Notes that classroom routines are helpful for these students. Describes an agriculturally-themed unit that draws on students' prior knowledge and that presents concepts they may have missed in previous years of limited schooling.

    Keywords: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Language, Literacy, Pedagogy

  • Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners

    David Freeman and Yvonne Freeman

    Abstract: Presents key questions reflecting research in first/second language acquisition and whole language principles: is curriculum organized around "big" questions?; are students involved in authentic reading and writing?; are students given choices?; is content meaningful?; do students work collaboratively?; do students read, write, speak, and listen during learning?; are students' primary languages and cultures valued?; and do learning activities build self-esteem?

    Keywords: Elementary, Middle, Language, Literacy, Pedagogy

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