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Words & Actions
Words & Actions

Words & Actions

Second Edition



8.5 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $40.43)

Publication Date: October 2018

ISBN 9781942544630

Rights: WOR

ACTFL (Oct 2018)


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The second edition of Words and Actions: Teaching Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice features an expanded framework, a variety of new unit, lesson, and activity examples from different languages and levels, and additional content on how social justice education fits within the context of contemporary approaches to language instruction.

The revised text provides concrete examples to help readers navigate the opportunities and challenges inherent in adopting a social justice lens, such as the differences between a good cultural lesson and a social justice lesson. Expanded chapters also provide support for adapting curriculum in different contexts, including those that emphasize immersion, comprehensible input, Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS), and content-based instruction. New educator voices and examples from both commonly and less commonly taught language classrooms provide an authentic picture of social justice work taking place in classrooms across the United States. A new chapter about critical moments in the classroom has also been added to provide a clear guide and explicit tools to help teachers address complex events and challenging moments in the classroom.

Author Biography

Cassandra Glynn is an Assistant Professor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she teaches world language methods, German, and works with student teachers. She is also Director of the Master of Education in World Language Instruction at Concordia College in partnership with Concordia Language Villages. Prior to working in teacher education, she taught middle and high school German and French in Minnesota and North Dakota.Pamela Wesely is an Associate Professor of Foreign Language and ESL Education at the University of Iowa. She teaches courses to pre-service world language teachers and graduate students specializing in second language teaching and learning research. Her research addresses innovation in the K–12 world language classroom and the attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs of world language stakeholders. She was previously a middle school French teacher for eight years in Minnesota and Massachusetts.Beth Wassell is a Professor in the College of Education at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, where she teaches courses in language education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and education research. Her research focuses on teaching and teacher education in language classrooms and on preparing educators to support linguistically diverse learners. Prior to her work in higher education, she taught high school Spanish in Florida and New Jersey and ESOL to adults in Pennsylvania.