Early Childhood and Adolescent Education
The School of Education
Room for Talk: Teaching and Learning in a
Publisher: Teachers College Press
New York, NY
2003, 116 pages
How does a teacher who only speaks English address the
challenges of working in a multilingual classroom? And what happens
if she is the only fluent English speaker? This book features Mrs.
Barker, an experienced ESL teacher who believes in the potential of
her kindergarten second-language learners and uses identifiable
strategies to maximize it. Illustrating how to make constructive
use of “what children bring to the table,” this volume promotes
sound early childhood educational practice in any classroom.
“. . . clear, thoughtful, and engaging prose that offers many
strategies for teachers working with English language learners.
Here is a compelling story full of learners to like and admire, who
will now speak for themselves.”
—From the Foreword by Celia Genishi
“With terrific observations of children—well detailed and
carefully crafted—this book analyzes how the social life in the
classroom provides a supportive context for children’s English
—Anne Haas Dyson, College of Education, Michigan State