Monoglossic Ideologies and Language Policies in the Education of U.S. Latinas/os

Authored by: Ofelia García , Rosario Torres-Guevara

Handbook of Latinos and Education

Print publication date:  December  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805858396
eBook ISBN: 9780203866078
Adobe ISBN: 9781135236694

10.4324/9780203866078.ch11

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Abstract

Language is perhaps the most important tool in education because language is needed to communicate ideas and negotiate understandings. When we narrowly consider only the education that takes place in school, then language becomes paramount for three reasons: (a) schooling often takes place in the language of power in a nation-state—different, at times, from that used by students; (b) language is the medium through which instruction takes places; and (c) it is an important school subject.

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