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Block, Nicholas – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
Forty initially English-dominant Latino students in four 90:10 Spanish two-way dual-immersion programs and 62 of their peers in mainstream English programs were studied to find out if their attitudes toward Spanish and Spanish-dominant individuals differ. Significant differences were found on many variables, with two-way dual-immersion students…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Immersion Programs, Biculturalism, Statistical Significance
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Lopez, Lisa M.; Tapanes, Vanessa – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
Research on two-way immersion programs has empirically investigated the success of such programs on children's dual-language development. The present study focuses on the language abilities of Latino children attending a Spanish-English differentiated two-way immersion program in the United States. Family dynamics relating to placement in this…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Hispanic American Students, Comparative Analysis, Case Studies
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Jegatheesan, Brinda – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
This study examined the perceptions of three Muslim families on multilingual development in their children with autism. Findings indicate that the families' goal of maintaining normalcy in their children's life could not be attained without immersion in multiple languages. They believe that immersion in multilingual contexts helped their children…
Descriptors: Muslims, Autism, Language Impairments, Multilingualism
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Hashimoto, Kumi; Lee, Jin Sook – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
This article documents the heritage-language (HL) literacy practices of three Japanese American families residing in a predominantly Anglo and Latino community. Through interviews and observations, this study investigates Japanese children's HL-literacy practices, parental attitudes toward HL literacy, and challenges in HL-literacy development in…
Descriptors: Literacy, Japanese Americans, Case Studies, Interviews
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Coady, Maria; Harper, Candace; de Jong, Ester – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
The relationship between English Language Learners' (ELL) academic achievement and teacher education programs that prepare preservice teachers for working with those students has largely been ignored in the literature to date. This article reports findings from a study of how graduates from one elementary teacher education program, in which the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Second Language Learning
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Gonzalez, Virginia; Soltero, Sonia W. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
Our objective is to provide two multidimensional models (i.e., contextual-interaction and Ethnic Educator) including sociopolitical, socioeconomic, sociocultural, and sociohistorical factors explaining underachievement in Latinos. First, we critically discuss single-factor theories (i.e., deficit, resistance, social reproduction, cultural…
Descriptors: Underachievement, Multilingualism, Item Response Theory, Immigrants
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Macaruso, Paul; Rodman, Alyson – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
Young children who are English language learners (ELLs) face major challenges in learning to read English. This study examined whether computer-assisted instruction (CAI) can be beneficial to ELL kindergartners enrolled in bilingual classes. The CAI programs provided systematic and structured exercises in developing phonological awareness and…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Phonics, Sight Vocabulary, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Echevarria, Jana; Richards-Tutor, Catherine; Canges, Rebecca; Francis, David – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
In this article we report findings from research through the Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE), a National Research and Development Center. In our study we examined the efficacy of a model of instruction for English learners, the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Academic Discourse, Control Groups, Second Language Learning
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Kabuto, Bobbie – Bilingual Research Journal, 2010
This article explores early bilingual script writing as an act of identity. Using multiple theoretical perspectives related to social semiotics and social constructivist perspectives on identity and writing, the research presented in this article is based on a case study of an early biliterate learner of Japanese and English from the ages of 3-7.…
Descriptors: Written Language, Constructivism (Learning), Semiotics, Bilingualism
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Vu, Jennifer A.; Bailey, Alison L.; Howes, Carollee – Bilingual Research Journal, 2010
Reasons for code-switching in young children range from the linguistic (single-word borrowings that appear to be translation equivalents or to fill gaps in lexical knowledge) to more complex sociolinguistic and sociocognitive factors, such as desiring affiliative interactions. We looked at patterns of code-switching in narratives derived from…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Young Children, Mexican Americans, Code Switching (Language)
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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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Pu, Chang – Bilingual Research Journal, 2010
This article investigated four Chinese American students' biliteracy development in two contexts: their heritage language school and public school. Data were collected through participant observations, audio-recorded classroom interactions, student work samples, and semistructured interviews. Findings demonstrated how literacy instruction across…
Descriptors: Literacy, Cultural Influences, Chinese Americans, Bilingualism
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Faltis, Christian; Arias, M. Beatriz; Ramirez-Marin, Frank – Bilingual Research Journal, 2010
This study examined the English Learner (EL) teacher knowledge base from three perspectives: (a) competencies the current literature recommends that "all teachers" need know and use for teaching English learners in their content classes, (b) competencies the current literature recommends "secondary teachers" of English learners need to know and…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Second Language Learning, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Limited English Speaking
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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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Collier, Shartriya – Bilingual Research Journal, 2010
The article examines the communication strategies of four bilingual, immigrant women entrepreneurs within the context of their businesses. The analysis revealed that L1 and L2 use is crucial to the business success of the participants. L1 conversations consisted of largely private speech and directives. The women positioned themselves as…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Females, Interpersonal Relationship, Entrepreneurship
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