This comprehensive account of bilingualism examines the importance of using students' native languages as a tool for supporting higher levels of learning. The authors highlight the social, linguistic, neuro-cognitive, and academic advantages of bilingualism, as well as the challenges faced by English language learners and their teachers in schools across the United States. They describe effective strategies for using native languages, even when the teacher lacks proficiency in that language. This resource addresses both the latest research and theory on native language instruction, along with its practical application (the what, the why, and how) in K-8 classrooms. Key features include:Examples of programmes that address the needs of learners from diverse language backgrounds, including Spanish, Chinese, Korea, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Bengali, and Russian.Teaching strategies, activities, and student tasks geared toward current academic standards. The role of primary languages in ESL, dual language, special education, and general education programmes.
Publisher: Teachers' College Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 15 mm
"At last, a book that focuses on the development of students' bilingualism from the point of view of their home languages and not simply English! Rodriguez, Carrasquillo, and Lee lead teachers in uncovering the treasure of the home language in bilingual learning." - Ofelia Garcia, professor, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
"I highly recommend The Bilingual Advantage. The authors have written this complete resource to assist educational professionals to support English language learners' academic development and biliteracy. This book is an essential tool to achieve equity and social justice as these evidence-based practices promote the high achievement and success of English learners within our schools." - Jose Luis Alvarado, associate dean, College of Education, San Diego State University
"This book brings together the latest research on the advantages of children learning in two languages and two cultures." - From the Foreword by Margarita Calderon, professor emerita, Johns Hopkins University