New Titles: Bilingualism & Multiculturalism

New titles have arrived at the OISE Library! Featured in this month’s New Titles are books on the topic of newcomers, bilingualism, and multiculturalism in education.

Over the Ocean by Taro Gomi

On a shore, a little girl stares off into the ocean. She wonders, “What is over the ocean? Could there be more ocean or maybe lots of ships?” Follow her imagination and curiosity about life across the ocean. Renowned children’s author and illustrator Taro Gomi invites young readers to celebrate imagination and wonder, and find joy in mystery far away.



The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

“I count the things that matter. Chop, twist, toss, check. Chop, twist, toss, check. Two more pods make twenty-five total.”

In the cacao growing region of Ivory Coast, there lived two brothers, Amadou and Seydou, who worked long hours day and night. For two years, they’ve been counting the number of cacao pods to keep them safe from punishment.Only wanting to work during the dry season to make some money to help their family, the boys were tricked into forced labour on a plantation, harvesting beans under the hot sun. With little food and poor working conditions, the boys wonder if they’ll ever make it. As they work to pay off their debt, they long to return home and be reunited with Baba and Auntie. The only problem is they don’t know how much they owe and the boss won’t reveal that. With no hope of escape, the boys try their best to stay alive until Khadija arrives, the only girl ever to come to camp. She reminds Amadou what it means to be free, and tries to escape again and again. With Khadija’s defiance, the three band together to make one last attempt to escape. Find out what lies ahead in The Bitter Side of Sweet.

Translanguaging with Multilingual Students edited by Ofelia Garcia & Tatyana Kleyn

Translanguaging with Multilingual Students is based on work completed for the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York project on the education of emergent bilinguals that originated with, and is run by, educators and linguists at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York (CUNY-NYSIEB). In the book, the editors define translanguaging as a concept on the language of bilinguals and the set of student behaviors and teaching approaches that follow from it, where bilingual is seen as having a single, or unitary, linguistic competence as opposed to a dual or bifurcated one. This book hopes to enlighten educators so that they can become effective at recognizing the social demands of treating two languages of emergent bilinguals as separated and, at the same, unitary. Written in three parts, the book extends theoretical understandings from psychology and sociolinguistics research to case studies from the CUNY-NYSIEB project and implications for policy and practice.

The Newcomer Student by Louise H. Kreuzer

The Newcomer Student is a field guide on resettlement of refugee and immigrant students into Westernized regions. From personal experiences, observations, and research, author Kreuzer discusses topics in English language learning (ELL) education. The guide delves into theories regarding second language acquisition that embodies current theoretical practice, and the cultural history of the immigrant journey.  Detailed descriptions of many practical step-by-step activities, flowcharts, relevant quotes, graphic organizers, and student samples enhance the text. Readers are also introduced to instructional methods including academic vocabulary strategies, cooperative structures, the usefulness of visual cues, oral and written expression in storytelling, and textile manipulation. Educators working with different age-levels and experiences are provided a list of suggested multicultural books by world regions to support authentic learning. The Newcomer Student brings insight into the 21st Century classroom and newly arrived immigrant/refugee learners.

Multilingualism in the Early Years by Sandra Smidt

Drawing on current research, Multilingualism in the Early Years examines the political, theoretical, ideological, and practical issues involved in the education of children speaking two or more languages. Using case studies, Smidt draws on the the ways bilingual learners acquire new language(s). Revealing the impact of multilingualism, the book studies what it means to be bilingual and how it shapes children’s educational and life changes. The book consists of four sections that take the reader from personal to formal setting. They are “the bilingual child in the home and family” (section 1), “from the home and local community to the classroom or setting” (section 2), “supporting children in classes and settings to learn and remain attached to their languages and cultures” (section 3), and “moving from the personal to the public” (section 4). Educators, parents, researchers, policy makers, and community members are invited to embrace the richness of language, culture, and identity to achieve an education system that fits all.

For more titles on bilingual and multicultural education in the OISE Library Collection, please visit the OISE New Titles shelf on the ground floor of the OISE Library and the OISE Library catalogue for additional education resources. Happy reading!

Posted in New Titles | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

OISE Lobby Display: Experiential Learning

With September rolling around next month, educators are preparing for an exciting school year ahead. Incorporate experiential learning into your classroom curriculum to create transformative and dynamic learning experiences. From real-life experiences to role play and demonstrations, experiential learning enables students to draw on their past experiences to acquire new knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Here are some recommended titles from the OISE Library Collection.

Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms by Eric M. Nelson

Childhood is a critical stage of human growth where play and learning take place. In Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms, author Eric Nelson writes with 35 years of experience in early childhood education (ECE) environments, and programs associated with early care and education. Introducing the role of the outdoor classroom, he applies philosophy to a practice that benefits all children. Guided theory and research, the book outlines ways to create an outdoor classroom that is fun and engaging. With tools and tips to help guide educators to plan, design, and create an outdoor learning program, he advocates that outdoor learning can introduce new learning opportunities and experiences to young children. Learn how to transform outdoor spaces into learning environments that thoughtfully incorporate outdoor activities to benefit children’s learning and development.

Understanding Work-Based Learning edited by John Mumford & Simon Roodhouse

A book for employees, employers, educators, policy makers, and researchers, Understanding Work-Based Learning explores ways of giving full-time employees the chance to take up learning opportunities of the same level and rigour as those on offer to the full-time student. Approaching from the perspectives of the university work-based learning educator and learner, the book draws on case studies to provide detailed insight. Written in three parts, the book makes a comparison between workplace training and a university education to recognize the potential of work-based learning programs.

100 Experiential Learning Activities by Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr., Dan W. Butin & Anthony Angelini

Written for educators, this book provides a road map and guide for creating experiential learning activities in the social studies and humanities for Grades 5-12. Moving from traditional models of teaching and learning in the social studies, literature, and the arts, the authors advocate for active learning both in and outside of the classroom to experience local and global communities. To support students’ deep and sustained learning, the book provides 100 experiential learning activities ranging across numerous disciplines – history, economics, literature, and the arts – for middle and high school classes. Featured activities focus on issues of meaning making, paradigm shifting, and self-understanding which are further explained in the book. Formatted for quick browsing and access, each activity is structured with a description and instructions, followed by the lesson plan and accompanying materials to engage students’ critical thinking and reflection.

Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning by the Ontario Ministry of Education

This Ontario Ministry of Education document, Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning, sets out policies and procedures for the implementation of cooperative education and other forms of experiential learning, including work experience, job shadowing, and virtual work experience, in Ontario’s English-language secondary schools. From Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) to other school-to-work transition programs, planned learning experiences in the community can enhance students’ school programs. The document describes these experiential learning programs in detail and provides tips to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to make career decisions and to assist students who are bound for university, college, apprenticeship, or the workplace.  

The Night Worker by Kate Banks

While the city is asleep, the night workers are busy building the city. Alex watches as his Papa puts on a hard hat, ready to head to the construction site. Little did he know, Papa had a surprise for him. He brought out a hard hat for Alex and takes him along to work. As they travel to the construction site, Alex witnesses the rattles and clangs of machinery at work. From bulldozers to cranes, he marvels at the large machines. Follow Alex and his Papa at work on the construction to find out about the work night workers do. The Night Worker by Kate Banks is a story that demonstrates how real-world, experiential learning opportunities engage children.

For more titles on experiential learning in the OISE Library Collection, please visit the OISE Lobby Display on the ground floor of the OISE building. Please visit the OISE Library catalogue for additional education resources.

Posted in Library Catalogue, Library Resources, OISE Lobby Display | Leave a comment

Featured Activity Kit – Cultures of the World Theme Box

Cultures of the World Theme Box offers young children many ways to explore the rich diversity of our world’s cultures. Ideal for kindergarten students, the kit contains a number of props and manipulatives including national flags, plastic foods, and musical instruments. The props can be used for a wide variety of activities that address many aspects of the curriculum.

An accompanying guide includes an impressive list of activities and lesson ideas organized into 10 cross-curricular learning areas. Explore music and active play with instruments and songs. Encourage children to pronounce greetings and words from various cultures using photo cards with text. Promote dramatic play using the Dutch clogs and Chinese lantern. Explain the cooking and favourite foods of cultures by referencing plastic food props such as Mexican beans and rice or Japanese sushi. Create math activities by using stamps to make patterns, or by using the instruments to create rhythms. Learning objectives such as the building of number sense, identifying patterns, and developing motor skills are all summarized in the guide.

The kit includes a globe that can be referenced throughout learning activities to show children the geographic locations associated with some of the customs and cultures. Also included in the kit is a list of children’s books. Some of these books can be found in the OISE Library’s Curriculum Resources Collection. Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris surveys the variety of breads from around the world, while Bobbie Kalman takes a similar approach related to dwellings in Homes Around the World.

Cultures of the World Theme Box is currently on display on the ground floor of the OISE Library next to the service desk.

Posted in Featured activity kit, Library Resources, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles: Reading, Writing, and Literacy

The OISE Library has some new additions to the collection that focus on reading, writing, and literacy.  Read about these awesome titles below!

Saving Wonder
by Mary Knight
Saving Wonder is a beautifully written story that explores the power of words, relationships, and community. With the Appalachian Mountains of Wonder Gap, Kentucky as its setting,  the story  tells of a boy named Curley Hines who lives with his grandfather after a devastating coal mining accident. Knowing that education is his grandson’s only way out of poverty, Curley’s grandfather constantly challenges Curley to improve his vocabulary with one word at a time. Saving Wonder is unique in that it can be used as a classroom tool for student teachers to introduce new vocabulary to elementary and middle school students. Student teachers can hold weekly spelling tests after each chapter is read. This is a fun way to encourage the importance of new vocabulary to elementary and middle school students.

35 Rubrics and Checklist to Assess Reading and Writing by Adele Fiderer 
This book is comprised of various assessments that can help student teachers better understand and evaluate their students’ work and performances in reading and writing. Just as the title suggests, this book provides 35 rubrics and checklists student teachers can use in the classroom. Fiderer has included various reading and writing assessments and rubrics, each accompanied by easy directions, scoring tips, and follow-up strategies. Topics of the book include writing, spelling, oral reading fluency, reading comprehension, and much more!

Departures: A Reader For Developing Writers by Randall Popken, Alice Newsome,  and Lanell Gonzales, offers developing writers a foundational practice to writing effective responses. Throughout their academic careers, students will be asked by instructors to produce summaries, critiques, research papers, reports, and essay exams. Often these exercises involve a reflection or critique of a scholar’s work. This book is comprised of readings dealing with American issues to which students can practice responding through their writing. The readings build on each other, allowing students to progressively increase their knowledge about a topic and to become progressively more confident in writing about it. Departures provide a unique approach to building confident analytical responses for graduate students.  

Process and Collaboration: Developing Your Writing by Daniel G. Foster and Linda E. Stairet 
This textbook provides graduate students the key components to useful applications of collaborative, developmental, and process approach in writing. Foster and Stairet have developed a writing textbook that is product-oriented, concentrating on what the final draft should look like rather than just focusing on how to develop ideas and strategies. The structure of the book is comprised of seven writing tasks to introduce students to a variety of strategies for completing different steps in the writing process. Whether writing from personal experience or writing from research, graduate students will find this textbook a useful tool in the writing process of their dissertation.  

Writing Paragraphs and Essays: Integrating Reading, Writing, and Grammar Skills by Joy Wingersky, Jan Boerner, Diana Holguin-Balogh, Enid Gossin, Susan Stancer 
This textbook provides a step-by-step approach for any student wanting to develop and improve their writing skills. The book is comprised of professional and student models that guide the user in a practical way to help build confidence in writing. This book features step-by-step approaches, explanation and modeling of the writing process, reading selections by professionals for generating ideas for writing, examples of writing, grammar exercises, and units on rhetorical modes and readings. This book can be used  for developing essential reading, thinking, and writing skills needed by students who are working towards becoming successful writers.

For more new titles on reading, writing, and literacy please visit the OISE Library!

Posted in Library Resources, New Titles, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

OISE Lobby Display: Language Education

This month the OISE Library highlights second language education. The OISE Library supports research and study in second language education, languages and literacies, of which includes both the theory and practice of second language teaching at the University of Toronto. In supporting researchers and students focused on language education, the OISE Library website features a Language Education Research Guide which provides useful tools and the best resources for your research needs.

Here are some featured publications:

I Hate English by Ellen Levine 
I Hate English is part of OISE Library’s children’s literature collection. The story is about a young girl named Mei Mei who has moved to New York with her family from Hong Kong. The story begins with Mei Mei’s struggle to adjust to a new school and the English language. However, with the help of her English teacher Nancy, Mei Mei learns she can have the best of both worlds by learning to communicate in English and Chinese. Researchers and students whose focus is on second language education may use this book to help understand languages and children’s literacies. Teacher candidates might also use this book in the classroom to share experiences of students whose native or home language is other than English. 

Practical Vocabulary Builder by Dorothy Gabel Liebowitz
Part of our Curriculum Resource collection, Practical Vocabulary Builder introduces word lists and vocabulary activities centered around helping second language students build vocabulary. This book provides teachers with worksheets and contains suggestions for practice and reinforcement in building practical vocabulary. Another feature of this book is the various games and activities intended to help teachers make learning new vocabulary fun and effective. This book would be a useful tool in understanding different teaching techniques that reinforce essential vocabulary in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Vietnamese. 

Culture as the Core: Perspectives on Culture in Second Language Learning edited by Dale L. Lange and R. Michael Paige  
This book is part of a volume in Research in Second Language Learning. This volume is comprised of integrating culture in the second language classroom. The first part of the book delves into culture as the core to interdisciplinary perspectives on culture teaching and learning in the second language curriculum. The second part of this volume comprises a collection of chapters that look into the integration of culture into the second language curriculum. This may be an interesting book to read for those interested in culture learning in language education settings. 

Experiences of Second Language Teacher Education edited by Tony Wright and Mike Beaumont
Experiences of Second Language Teacher Education is based on the personal experiences of teacher educators working in different national and educational settings. The book aims to address the themes of change in teacher education, influence of local context of practice, the issue of interculturality, and the process of engaging with teachers and teacher educators. The book provides the perspectives of second language teacher education from Hong Kong, Swaziland, Greece, India, and many more countries. The authors of this book hope to initiate further conversation in how second language teacher education is influenced directly by many factors such as the political environment, broad social and cultural forces, and intellectual movements, methodological trends, and technological developments. Experiences of Second Language Teacher Education offers readers perspectives on the daily experience the practice that is valuable for further understanding of second language teacher education processes.    

Collaborative Research in Second Language Education edited by Mike Beaumont and Teresa O’Brien 
This book explores four themes of research, professional development, collaboration, and different language education contexts. The issues covered in this book include: the role of language across curriculum, links between oral communication and literacy in bilingual learning, the relationship between communicative teaching and communicative testing, teacher development through distance learning programs, and the exploration of context of educational philosophies. This book would of interest to students and educators who would like to learn more about discourse analysis theory and conceptualization of the critical role of collaboration in moving from training to research in second language education.

For more featured publications, please visit the OISE Library Lobby Display, located on the ground floor of the OISE building.

Posted in OISE Lobby Display | Leave a comment