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Neugebauer, Sabina R.; Howard, Elizabeth R. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2015
The current study, with 409 fourth graders in two-way immersion programs, explored the writing self-perceptions of native English and native Spanish speakers and the relationship between self-perceptions and writing performance. An adapted version of the Writer Self-Perception Scale (WSPS) was administered along with a writing task. Native English…
Descriptors: Correlation, Self Concept, Writing Skills, Spanish Speaking
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Esquinca, Alberto; Araujo, Blanca; de la Piedra, MarĂ­a Teresa – Bilingual Research Journal, 2014
The article analyzes meaning-making practices in a two-way dual-language (TWDL) program on the U.S.-Mexico border among "transfronterizo" and Mexican-origin youth. In the article, we show that emergent bilingual learners and their teacher participate in activities that mediate understanding of science content knowledge. We show how the…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Learning Strategies, Second Language Learning, Bilingual Education Programs
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Marian, Viorica; Shook, Anthony; Schroeder, Scott R. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
The effects of bilingual education on reading and math achievement were examined by comparing test scores across different elementary school programs. Results revealed that bilingual Two-Way Immersion (TWI) programs benefited both minority-language and majority-language students. Minority-language students in TWI programs outperformed their peers…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Immersion Programs, Language Minorities, Educational Benefits
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Esposito, Alena G.; Baker-Ward, Lynne – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This investigation is an initial examination of possible enhancement of executive function through a dual-language (50:50) education model. The ethnically diverse, low-income sample of 120 children from Grades K, 2, and 4 consisted of approximately equal numbers of children enrolled in dual-language and traditional classrooms. Dual-language…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Low Income, Executive Function, Elementary School Students
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Soto Huerta, Mary Esther – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
To examine the second-language reading development of 45 fourth-grade Latino bilinguals, a sequential mixed methods study was conducted in two phases (Creswell, 2009). The quantitative data collected in the first phase generated an index of the group's reading performance based on two grade-level assessments, a state-mandated standardized reading…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Informal Reading Inventories, Reading Strategies, Classification
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Martinez-Alvarez, Patricia; Bannan, Brenda; Peters-Burton, Erin E. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This research work examined the impact of a science-reading instructional sequence ("InSciRead") on fourth-grade Spanish-English dual language learners' ability to monitor their comprehension of content-related (erosion, deposition, and transportation) texts. We used a quantitative measure of students' ability to detect incongruities in a related…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Learning Strategies, Bilingualism, Elementary School Students
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Howard, Elizabeth R.; Green, Jennifer D.; Arteagoitia, Igone – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This study contributes to the literature on cross-linguistic literacy relationships for English language learners, and in particular, the Spanish-influenced spelling patterns of Spanish-English bilinguals. English spelling, reading, and vocabulary assessments were administered to 220 students in four TWI programs over a three-year period, from…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Spelling, Second Language Learning, Data Analysis
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DeNicolo, Christina Passos – Bilingual Research Journal, 2010
As classrooms across the U.S. are becoming increasingly more multilingual and multicultural, there is a need for research that provides insight into literacy instruction that builds on students' linguistic knowledge. The qualitative study of a fourth-grade dual-language classroom examined the ways that peer mediation in Spanish and English…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Linguistics, Discussion Groups, Language Proficiency
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Bowers, Erica; Fitts, Shanan; Quirk, Mathew; Jung, Woo – Bilingual Research Journal, 2010
The development of academic English and advanced literacy is crucial for student success, especially for English language learners. In this study, researchers used a survey to investigate which instructional strategies 108 fourth- and fifth-grade teachers learned in professional development and found to be effective for providing English learners…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Academic Discourse, Second Language Learning, Professional Development
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Proctor, C. Patrick; August, Diane; Snow, Catherine; Barr, Christopher D. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2010
The purpose of the current study is to elaborate on the statistical nature of the linguistic interdependence hypothesis (Cummins, 1979). It is argued that reading skills across the languages of bilingual learners are differentially robust to interdependence, falling along a continuum mediated by the commonalities between Spanish and English.…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Structural Equation Models, Oral Language, Reading Achievement
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Abella, Rodolfo; Urrutia, Joanne; Shneyderman, Aleksandr – Bilingual Research Journal, 2005
Approximately 1,700 English language learners (ELLs) and former ELL students, in Grades 4 and 10, were tested using both an English-language (Stanford Achievement Test, 9th ed.) and a Spanish-language (Aprenda, 2nd ed.) achievement test. Their performances on the two tests were contrasted. The results showed that ELL students, for the most part,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Scores, Test Validity, Test Results
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Hofstetter, Carolyn Huie – Bilingual Research Journal, 2004
This study examined the effectiveness of a transitional Spanish-English bilingual program, Academic Language Acquisition (ALA), in enhancing K-5 students' English-language proficiency, as well as their English performance in academic subject areas, in comparison with the Structured English Immersion (SEI) process. An existing reading program,…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Scoring, Reading Programs, English (Second Language)