Date: 26-Jan-2006 From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com> Subject: Language and Linguistics in Context: Luria, Seymour, Smoke (Eds)
Title: Language and Linguistics in Context:
Subtitle: Readings and Applications for Teachers
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Editor: Harriet Luria, Hunter College
Editor: Deborah M. Seymour, Laureate Education, Inc.
Editor: Trudy Smoke, Hunter College
Paperback: ISBN: 0805855009 Pages: 456 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
The text is organized into three thematic units - "What is Language and How is It Acquired?"; "How Does Language Change?"; and "What is Literacy?". To achieve both breadth and depth - that is, to provide a "big picture" view of basic linguistics and at the same time make it specific enough for the beginner - a selection of readings, including personal language narratives, is provided to both introduce and clarify linguistic concepts. The readings, by well-known theoretical and applied linguists and researchers from various disciplines, are diverse in level and range of topics and vary in level of linguistic formalism.
Pedagogical features: This text is designed for a range of courses in English and language arts, bilingualism, applied linguistics, and ESL courses in teacher education programs. Each unit contains a substantive introduction to the topic, followed by the readings. Each reading concludes with Questions to Think About including one Extending Your Understanding question, and a short list of Terms to Define. Each unit ends with additional Extending Your Understanding and Making Connections activities that engage readers in applying what they have read to teaching and suggested projects and a bibliography of Print and Web Resources. The readings and apparatus are arranged so that the material can be modified to fit many course plans and schemes of presentation. To help individual instructors make the most effective use of the text in specific classes, a set of matrixes is provided suggesting configurations of readings for different types of linguistics and education classes.