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Talking Turkey

The Language, Culture and Identity of Turkish Speaking Children in Britain

Paperback
March 2005
9781858563183
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    21st March 2005
  • ISBN 9781858563183
  • Language English
  • Pages 196 pp.
  • Size 5.75" x 9"
$31.95

This is the book that teachers and others working with Turkish speaking children and young people have long needed. The author’s academic rigor combined with his insider’s view of the communities’ families, culture and work patterns affords readers real understanding of a community which has developed its own diaspora over the last half century but about which there is little research and scant learning support.

Part 1 outlines the backgrounds of the Turkish speakers - their immigration and employment patterns - and examines their community and economic activities in some depth. Part 2 is devoted to the children’s language and the ways in which they use and acquire both Turkish and English in a range of real-life situations in their families and family businesses, and in their communities. From his analysis of these processes the author identifies what teachers need to know to develop these children’s language skills further at school and so enhance their academic attainment.

"Talking Turkey" will be essential reading for all those who work with Turkish speakers and will be of interest to teacher trainers, educational policy makers and to the Turkish communities.

"Talking Turkey: The Language, Culture and Identity of Turkish speaking children in Britain" by Tozun Issa transcends the LEAs in the United Kingdom. Dr. Issa touches the core of the sociopolitical, economic and pedagogical challenges also faced by children in Spanish speaking communities in the United States. Dr. Issa's research and description of exemplary instructional practices is a reinforcement of the commitment we make as educators of language minority students. "Talking Turkey" is an invitation for professional discussion and collaboration amongst all advocates for bilingual education."

Ivette Matias, Administrator of World Languages - Bilingual and ESOL Programs, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

"This book is useful for those who work with Turkish speakers as well as for teacher trainers, educational policy makers and Turkish communities."

- Sage Race Relations Abstracts

"Talking Turkey: The Language, Culture and Identity of Turkish speaking children in Britain" by Tozun Issa transcends the LEAs in the United Kingdom. Dr. Issa touches the core of the sociopolitical, economic and pedagogical challenges also faced by children in Spanish speaking communities in the United States. Dr. Issa's research and description of exemplary instructional practices is a reinforcement of the commitment we make as educators of language minority students. "Talking Turkey" is an invitation for professional discussion and collaboration amongst all advocates for bilingual education."

Ivette Matias, Administrator of World Languages - Bilingual and ESOL Programs, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

Tozun Issa

Tozun Issa teaches in the School of Education, London Metropolitan University.