Dual Language Education is a social justice movement for students who speak a Language Other Than English (LOTE) at home because it is the only language acquisition program research proven to close the opportunity gap for students identified as Emergent Bilinguals. However, as demonstrated by various studies (Urow & Beeman 2013; Thomas & Collier, 2004)…Keep reading
5 Steps for Ensuring That Your Dual Language Program Is Still A Strong, Equity-Based Dual Language Program
Dr. Jose Medina, one of the authors of the Guiding Principles of Dual Language, famously said, “Dual language Programs not grounded in equidad y justicia social (equity and social justice) are NOT dual language programs.” I couldn’t agree more. Two-Way Dual Language Programs are measured by how well they are servicing their emergent bilinguals… those…Keep reading
It’s that time of year when, in the United States, many children and adults alike, dress up in fantastic costumes and celebrate Halloween. From what was once a parade of costumed children looking for sweet treats, it has now become an elaborate costume party with festivals, parties, movie events, and so much more. And think…Keep reading
Language is ever evolving. How we spoke a hundred years ago is not how we speak today, and how we speak today is not how our descendants will speak a hundred years from now. The English we speak in the US is not identical to the English spoken in England. For that matter, the English…Keep reading
As language educators, we teach students the importance of looking at shades of meaning and of choosing our words carefully when communicating. However, do we teach students to consider how their words may impact those from minority racial backgrounds? A microaggression is a seemingly small statement that directly or indirectly insults someone on the basis…Keep reading
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