Dr. Pandey is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, and
Coordinator of Professional Communication at Morgan State
University in Baltimore, U.S.A. She was born and raised in a bilingual
home in Africa. She picked Up Hindi, English, Yoruba, Hausa, and
Nigerian Pidgin in her Childhood, and learned French and Spanish as
a teenager—primarily from children. Her doctorate is from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds two M.A.
degrees (the first in Teaching English to Speakers of Other
Languages), and is Associate Editor of the Journal of English as an
International Language, and guest editor of two forthcoming issues of
the International Journal of Communication.
With over 40 years of commitment to revitalizing Major Indian and other
lesser known languages, and over 600 refereed publications, and media
resources, the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) takes great pride in
celebrating and sustaining languages and speech communities everywhere. At
the forefront of linguistic research, CIIL has been instrumental in ensuring that
societal multilingualism is embraced and its value recognized across the globe.
It is, therefore, very befitting that this book, on child-facilitated cross-age
collaboration, community dual language and literacy enhancement, stronger
home-school-community ties, and heritage language advancement in a
predominantly monolingual context is being published by a press located in a
multilingual nation where everyday negotiations necessitate use of more than
This volume reflects our diversified research focus and speaks for its unique
yet universal message. It prioritizes both the communication needs and
instructional resources of language minorities, including children and senior
citizens, two groups that deserve greater research attention. The innovative
pedagogy proposed, namely, Collaborative Continuity is timely, pragmatic,
research-driven, globally applicable, and inclusive. Aimed at bridging cultures,
languages, and age groups in multiple learning environments--not just in the
designated classroom--this approach to community language and literacy
enhancement and global citizenry is truly promising. The uniqueness of this
volume lies in the following findings or research highlights:
1. Children and young adults play a critical role in first and
second/subsequent language and literacy development, both inside and
outside the classroom.
2. Children and young adults facilitate not just their peers’ language and
literacy, but adults’ as well.
3. Language loss, including heritage language attrition and/or loss is
especially damaging to children and young adults, and can be averted
through Collaborative Continuity.
4. Children and young adults have the potential to contribute much more
to community language and literacy enhancement (e.g., when trained)
5. Classrooms, homes and communities could be seamlessly connected
through intercultural and intergenerational engagements in which
children simultaneously facilitate language/literacy.
6. Conversation analysis is a highly effective linguistic tool: it highlights
language learning or scaffolding points, and the rich language-
instructional potential of children and young adults.
7. Child-facilitated approaches to speech-and-language "therapy" are more
meaningful and family-centered. As Pandey notes, ‘intervention
approaches recommended by speech therapists tend to be adult-centric’
and "The terms "speech therapy" and "rehabilitation" suggest that
one’s... prior linguistic skills can be restored" when, in fact, this is not
CIIL applauds research efforts aimed at Strengthening families and
communities, and at demonstrating the value of linguistic diversity and
innovative language-instructional practices such as Collaborative Continuity.
This is especially important in our ‘e-connected’ world. CIIL also recognizes
that research on language and literacy (re)learning in variable cultural,
geographic, and language contexts is critical, as research insights from this field
inform applied linguistics, education, and a host of other disciplines.
The Institute appreciates Dr. Anita Pandey for sharing this volume and
additional CIIL resources with scholars, educators, families, and students
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