Language Building Blocks
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Chapters & Activities

"The great value of this resource is that it offers numerous ‘bridging’ reflections, strategies, and specific instructional interventions. It is a must for any educator that must understand the significant link between language and achievement in schooling contexts."

Eugene García

Chapters 1 & 2
Introduce teachers to individual language units
(e.g., phonemes and discourse) and outline the value of linguistics to
educators. They explain how knowledge of phonetics and phonology, for
instance, results in a more systematic approach to phonics instruction,
as educators can more effectively gauge and grow children’s phonemic
awareness.

Chapter 3
Provides a quick tour of PreK–3 terms English borrowed from
other languages. It emphasizes our linguistic debt to Africa, Asia,
and other continents through an overview of the history of English,
and aims to ensure that educators provide a more meaningful and                                                             
hands-on approach to vocabulary, reading, and spelling/writing.

Chapter 4
Focuses on the mathematics in language—and vice versa—and
illustrates how math lessons provide the perfect opportunity for us to
teach grammar and logic through multilingual math and other noteworthy
strategies.

Chapter 5
The advantages of early exposure to language diversity
are discussed in this chapter which demonstrates the value of integrating
children's home dialects and languages in the curriculum.

Chapter 6
Offers vocabulary nourishment and heightened global awareness through
functional bilingual vocabulary centered around food and health
literacy.

Chapter 7
Readers learn about the process of first and
second language acquisition, and how they inform instructional best
practices.

Chapter 8
Discusses how linguistics helps teachers provide
enhanced services to children with special needs.

Chapter 9
Proposes a cross-linguistic approach to reading, alongside
strategies to seamlessly integrate the WIDA/PreK–3 English Language Proficiency
Standards. It offers just what teachers need to make sense of CCSS
and other content and language standards, including NGSS.

Chapter 10
The focus is on effective technology integration and the
connections between digital language and linguistics.

Chapter 11
Reiterates the importance of linguistics by demonstrating
its value in capturing power relationships in the PreK–3 classroom,
and discussing how the investigation of language in multiple contexts
gives us a more accurate picture of agency.
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