Rethinking the Education of Multilingual Learners: A Critical Analysis of Theoretical Concepts (Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights #19) Cover Image
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Over the past 40 years, Jim Cummins has originated theories including the interdependence hypothesis, the common underlying proficiency and the distinction between conversational and academic language proficiency, which have had a profound and long-lasting effect on the education of multilingual learners across the world. In this book he traces the development and impact of these theories, and addresses the critiques they have received and their subsequent implications on his thinking and the application of his theories in classrooms and in policy. In discussing his own theories, Jim Cummins develops a schema for evaluating theoretical concepts - empirical adequacy, logical coherence, and consequential validity - and applies these to current translanguaging theories, evaluating which theory meets the criteria of theoretical legitimacy more adequately.

About the Author

Jim Cummins is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Canada and has spent the past 40 years researching and working with multilingual learners across the world. His controversial theoretical distinction between conversational versus academic language proficiency is a key topic in pre-service and professional development related to the education of multilingual students who are learning the language of instruction.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781800413573
ISBN-10: 1800413572
Publisher: Multilingual Matters Limited
Publication Date: September 6th, 2021
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights