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Rodriguez-Mojica, Claudia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This qualitative study examined how specific instructional supports intended to scaffold emergent bilinguals' oral production of explanations facilitated or constrained students' attempts to explain. Findings demonstrate that explanations were very rarely produced, and when they were produced, the explanations were not particularly informative.…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Oral Language, Teaching Methods, Language Usage
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Despagne, Colette – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This study explores how transnational students who go or return to Mexico understand the complexities of language, identity and schooling in their new context after having been raised and educated in the United States. The study used narrative networks and Blommaert's discourse analysis framework to analyze the narratives of twenty transnational…
Descriptors: Mexicans, Semiotics, Foreign Countries, Self Concept
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Smith-Christmas, Cassie; Bergroth, Mari; Bezcioglu-Göktolga, Irem – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This article scrutinizes the concept of "success" in family language policy (henceforth FLP). Situated in three large-scale ethnographic projects, we center on the lived experiences of a parent in three families negotiating a pro-minority language FLP. These parents' experiences are embedded in different sociopolitical contexts: an…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Family Relationship, Language Minorities, Ethnography
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Allard, Elaine C.; Apt, Sarah; Sacks, Isabel – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This study explores language policies in "almost-bilingual" classrooms, in which most but not all students share a home language. Teachers who are bilingual face a dilemma in these settings. Should they draw on shared linguistic expertise to benefit the majority while excluding a few, or should they forego significant benefits for most…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Hispanic American Students, High School Students
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Christoffersen, Katherine – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
In the U.S./Mexico borderlands, local language varieties face frequent discrimination and delegitimization or "linguistic terrorism." The present study uses the three-level positioning framework to analyze how young adults in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in south Texas construct borderland identities by positioning themselves with respect…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Language Variation, Self Concept, Social Discrimination
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Christiansen, M. Sidury; Trejo Guzmán, Nelly Paulina; Mora-Pablo, Irasema – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Return migration from the United States to Mexico has been increasing in the last decade. Research reports that many returnees, who are English dominant, drop out of school to look for work in call centers and transnational companies (Anderson, 2015). Others pursue higher education in English-based programs such as those for becoming English…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Palmer, Deborah K. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Teacher leadership has been variously defined but generally understood as expanding teachers' visions beyond their own classrooms. Bilingual education teachers, working with emergent bilingual students in often marginalized situations and contexts, must develop a critical consciousness to embrace leadership identities. This requires engaging in…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Literacy, Bilingualism, Interviews
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Briceño, Allison – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
This study profiles three Mexican American, dual language teachers in a qualitative cross-case analysis and asks (a) How do dual language teachers' linguistic backgrounds influence their language ideologies?; (b) How are language ideologies evidenced in teachers' instructional practices? Participants could be perceived as homogenous Mexican…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Bilingual Education Programs, Spanish, Native Speakers
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Escamilla, Kathy; Butvilofsky, Sandra; Hopewell, Susan – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Recent analyses of wide-scale writing assessment outcomes indicate that English writing achievement for fourth- and fifth-grade emerging bilingual learners continues to be an area of great concern. Utilizing the theory of holistic bilingualism and a mixed methods design, this study examines the writing skills of 44 emerging bilingual fourth and…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Spanish, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Latham Keh, Melissa; Stoessel, Saskia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Looking at data from three siblings from a German/Polish family that immigrated to the United States in 1952, we discuss bilingual language development and the effect of teacher support in schools on language maintenance and shift. All three subjects report that they did not give up their heritage language but rather came back to it at different…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Case Studies, Second Language Learning, Native Language
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García, Ofelia; Otheguy, Ricardo – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This article describes how the belief in the existence of a language gap has negative educational consequences for bilingual and bidialectal children from minoritized communities. This article first positions the idea of the language gap within the "achievement gap" discourse that has long been prevalent in educational circles. We then…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Code Switching (Language), Dialects, Minority Groups
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Martin-Beltrán, Melinda – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Peer interactions are central to student experiences and present tremendous opportunities for language learning and consequences for educational equity, yet these opportunities have often been unrecognized and under-examined. This special issue offers new perspectives examining the potential of peer interaction to foster language, literacy and…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Peer Relationship, Equal Education, Literacy Education
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Martin-Beltrán, Melinda; Daniel, Shannon; Peercy, Megan; Silverman, Rebecca – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This article analyzes how emergent bilinguals discursively support one another during literacy activities in a cross-aged peer-tutoring program in their elementary school. Drawing from Vygotskian sociocultural theory, we frame peer supports as developing a zone of relevance that fosters and sustains peer engagement in literacy discussions.…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Peer Teaching, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Martínez, Ramón Antonio; Durán, Leah; Hikida, Michiko – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This article explores the interactional co-construction of identities among two first-grade students learning Spanish as a third language in a Spanish-English dual language classroom. Drawing on ethnographic and interactional data, the article focuses on a single interaction between these two "Spanish learners" and two of their…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Elementary School Students, Ethnography, Spanish
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Ballinger, Susan – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Previous studies have shown that immersion students tend to speak the majority language during peer interactions, regardless of the language of instruction or their dominant language. Researchers have argued that the societal status of the majority language presents an obstacle to providing equitable support for both languages of instruction. To…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Language Usage, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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