New Book: Service-Learning for Diverse Communities

Posted by on April 27, 2009

Service-Learning for Diverse Communities: Critical Pedagogy and Mentoring English Language Learners
By Kerry L. Purmensky, University of Central Florida

Kerry Purmensky details a highly effective service-learning project that assists preservice teachers in learning the value of critical pedagogy, and how mentoring English Language Learners (ELLs) can improve Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) techniques, impact schools, and empower ELLs using the National ESOL Standards. The project is described in such a way that it can be replicated and implemented easily in any educational facility that is training teachers in TESOL or has ELLs and wants to create partnerships in the community.

The work focuses on more than one project that addresses federal and state standards. The book is designed to help readers understand how students in service-learning projects can learn to think critically about issues related to our increasingly diverse communities, to become strong advocates in empowering their ELLs to become contributing members to the community, and to alter their thinking about their role as a teacher.

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