This comprehensive book provides concrete and practical guidelines for the planning, organization, implementation, and maintenance of effective dual language bilingual education programs in a clear, explicit and accessible manner. The ultimate practical, hands-on training guide in dual language instruction, leaves no stone unturned by directly addressing questions posed by practitioners, administrators, and parents regarding dual language fundamentals. The issues discussed involve total immersion, and partial immersion, how the two languages should be distributed and organized, the parents' and family roles in the program, and which instructional strategies best support students' academic, linguistic and sociocultural development. In addition, White Soltero situates dual language within theoretical, sociohistorical and pedagogical frameworks in relation to bilingual education by presenting a synthesis of research in first and second language acquisition, biliteracy development, and educational language policies. This theoretical helps practitioners gain a better sense of how theory, research and practice shape educational enrichment programs such as dual language bilingual education.
Allyn & Bacon
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