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How to Measure Cultural Proficiency

I have written several articles concerning the idea of biculturalism and why it’s time to retire the term.  However, there was a time when biculturalism was one of Dual Language Education’s recognized goals, and therefore, many well-meaning educators continue to use the word.  So in this post, let’s further explore what biculturalism really means and…

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The Four Statuses of Identity and How They Relate to Sociocultural Competence and Dual Language Education

Among Third Culture Kids, additional examples may include students who refuse to speak their home language both at home and at school because they have committed themselves to an “American” identity or a student who refuses to accept anything American because it violates their home identities. Both of these examples may be results of others trying to force assimilation upon them.

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What is Sociocultural Competence? How Does Identity Fit Into It?

Do you remember the three pillars of Dual Language Education? They are: High Academic Achievement Biliteracy and Bilingualism Sociocultural Competence Unfortunately, sociocultural competency is the most elusive of the three goals, partially because the definition is unclear to many and partially, because there are no standardized exams that can test this pillar. Yet, sociocultural competence…

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