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Worthy, Jo; Durán, Leah; Hikida, Michiko; Pruitt, Alina; Peterson, Katie – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
A substantial body of research has collectively concluded that encouraging students to draw flexibly on multiple aspects of their linguistic repertoires is positively associated with developing bilingualism, metalinguistic awareness, and academic skills. However, most bilingual education programs--including transitional and dual-language--limit,…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Metalinguistics, Bilingual Education Programs, Literature
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Puzio, Kelly; Keyes, Christopher S.; Cole, Mikel W.; Jiménez, Robert T. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
Although a variety of research has investigated the use and benefits of home language in school settings, research on using translation to support school learning is scarce. With the goal of designing a differentiated and culturally relevant strategy that supports the reading of bilingual students, we worked with seventh-grade students in pull-out…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Language Usage, Native Language, Bilingualism
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Hopkins, Megan – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This article examines the unique contributions that bilingual and bilingually credentialed teachers make to the instruction of emergent bilinguals in the United States. This mixed methodological study involved 474 teachers in Arizona, California, and Texas, which represent distinct language policy contexts. Results revealed that, irrespective of…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Educational Policy, Language Planning
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Celedon-Pattichis, Sylvia; Turner, Erin E. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This study investigated Spanish-speaking kindergarten students' participation in mathematical discourse as they solved and discussed a range of word problems. Specifically, we draw upon sociocultural perspectives on mathematics learning to frame mathematical discourse and to examine specific teacher and student actions that seemed to support the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Kindergarten, Word Problems (Mathematics), Spanish Speaking
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Lopez-Robertson, Julia – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
Because schools place such high importance on text-based analysis often devoid of opportunities to draw on home knowledge, diverse ways of making meaning from books are often ignored. This qualitative study of a bilingual second-grade classroom examined the manner in which four young Latina students told stories about their life experiences in…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Hispanic American Students, Personal Narratives, Qualitative Research
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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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Ruiz, Nadeen T.; Barajas, Manuel – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
The authors--a researcher in Latino educational issues and a sociologist specializing in migration--collaborated to more fully understand and explain the schooling circumstances of Mexican indigenous students. After elaborating a conceptual framework of transationalism, the researchers present three types of results: (a) critical understandings…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Language of Instruction, Multilingualism, Migration
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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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Gort, Mileidis; Pontier, Ryan W.; Sembiante, Sabrina F. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This exploratory study investigated the nature and distribution of dual-language preschool teachers' questions across parallel Spanish- and English-medium read-aloud activities. The notions of comprehensible input (Krashen, 1985) and language output (Swain, 1985), along with a reciprocal interaction model of teaching (Cummins, 2000), guided our…
Descriptors: Inferences, English (Second Language), Video Technology, Preschool Teachers
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Wesely, Pamela M.; Baig, Fatima – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This qualitative study explores how parents decide to enroll their children in one-way immersion programs and how the decision is made to continue in those programs at the middle/junior high school level. A total of 131 parents responded to a survey with open-ended questions about these two decisions. Analyzed thematically and within a conceptual…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Educational Opportunities, Self Efficacy, Immersion Programs
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Razfar, Aria – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
Drawing on Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), funds of knowledge, and third space, this article presents a model for practitioners and researchers to think about how Latina/o, bilingual children develop explicit mathematics strategies through multilingual and multigenerational interactions. Using data collected through fieldwork in an…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Multilingualism, Bilingualism, Bilingual Students
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Pollard-Durodola, Sharolyn D.; Gonzalez, Jorge E.; Simmons, Deborah C.; Taylor, Aaron B.; Davis, Matthew J.; Simmons, Leslie; Nava-Walichowski, Miranda – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
Shared book reading is a prominent practice in preschools; however, limited research has examined this practice in classrooms with English language learners (ELLs). This study investigated the shared book reading practices of seven preschool teachers of Spanish-speaking ELLs to describe their vocabulary instructional practices before and after…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, Cues, Reading Aloud to Others, Vocabulary
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Hersi, Afra Ahmed; Watkinson, Jennifer Scaturo – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
Many school districts in the United States have developed special schools or programs designed to meet the specific language, academic, and social needs of recent immigrant students. In this article, we examine the experiences of six immigrant students who were enrolled in a U.S. high school designed specifically for adolescent immigrants. Using a…
Descriptors: Special Schools, Immigrants, Teaching Methods, Case Studies
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Mackinney, Erin; Rios-Aguilar, Cecilia – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This article examines how Arizona's teachers of English learners negotiate between restrictive language policies and complex teaching conditions. This case study explores how middle school teachers in an urban school district make sense of the 4-hour English language development block, Arizona's recent English-only policy. Findings indicate that…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Planning
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Leung, Genevieve; Uchikoshi, Yuuko – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This article examines the reported language ideologies and family language policies of the parents of Cantonese-English bilinguals in the U.S. in relation to their children's achievement scores in Cantonese and English. We explore the relationships first by language of instruction. Results show children in bilingual classrooms scored higher than…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Ideology, Bilingualism, Multilingualism
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