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Dr. John J. Attinasi

Dr. John J. Attinasi Title: Professor of Linguistics and Teacher Education E-mail Address:


Bachelor’s Degree: 1967, English, Philosophy, French, U. St Thomas, Houston
Master’s Degree: 1970, Social Science, U. Chicago
Ph.D.: 1973, Anthropology, (Linguistic: Dissertation: Lak T’an: A grammar of the Chol Mayan word).

Teaching/Research Interests:

  • Linguistic vitality of Mexican and Guatemalan indigenous languages in the United States.
  • Language attitudes and Spanish maintenance among US Latinos.
  • Language rights in a globalizing society and economy.
  • International educational development.

Courses Taught:

  • LING 431: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
  • EDSE 435: US Secondary Education: Multicultural Education
  • LING 485: Theoretical Foundations of Language Minority Education
  • EDEL/EDSE 541: Designing Curriculum and Instruction in Primary and Second Language Settings Developed, with others, Ling 339: Linguistics for CLAD in Secondary School Settings, Ling 379: Sociolinguistics and Schooling.

Publications and Professional Presentations:

  • Attinasi, J. (2006). Review of Mexican Americans and language, by Glenn A. Martinez. The Mexican American Experience series. ( University of Arizona Press). New Mexico Historical Review, forthcoming.
  • Attinasi, J. (2006). Anthropology on the borderlines: Eclecticism and synthesis in the work of Paul Friedrich. In, Language culture and the individual: A tribute to Paul Friedrich. O’Neil, C., Scroggin, M. and Tuite, K., eds. Munich : Lincom Europa, pp. 1-8.
  • Kuhlman, N., Alfaro, C., Attinasi, J. Dreisbach, M., & Merino, R. (2003). Becoming bilingual and a teacher in Mexico : A California model. MexTESOL Journal, 26 (3&4), 87-105.
  • Review of The skin that we speak: Thoughts on language and culture in the classroom, by Lisa Delpit, et al. (2003). Issues in Teacher Education, 12 (2), 75-79.
  • Racism, language and urban US minorities: Issues in bilingualism and bidialectalism. (1994).
  • In S. Gregory and R. Sanjek, (Eds.). Race. Rutgers University Press. Reprinted in A. Darder, R. Torres, & H. Gutierrez (Eds.). (1997). Latinos and Education . New York : Routledge.

Professional Activities, Awards, & Affiliations:

  • Professional Development Team- Hispanic Serving Institution federal grant: 2007-
  • Consultant for Title II/SB2042 Credential Reform, CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2001-02.
  • Steering Committee for CSULB Early Adoption of 2042.
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Issues Committee, 1999-2000.
  • National Association for Bilingual Education, Editorial Review Board.
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), CLAD-BCLAD review panels.
  • CSULB Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects 1997-1999, IRB Chair 1998-99.
  • Teacher Education Department Chair, March 1997-July 1998.
  • RTP Committee, 1997-2001.
  • CLAD Academy, Chair.
  • College of Education Veffie Milstead Jones Endowment Advisory Subcommittee, 1996-99.
  • CSU Development Group for the Binational Bilingual Credential Programs for Teachers, 1995-present.

SHINE Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders (Temple U. Philadelphia 2001-02). International Bilingual Teacher Development (CSU Commission on the Extended University, 2001-02). CSU Bautzer Faculty Award for University Advancement (2001-02). Leadership Long Beach, Class of 2000-01.