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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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Polat, Nihat; Mahalingappa, Laura; Hughes, Elizabeth; Karayigit, Cebrail – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This study examines the effectiveness of a specially designed intervention in changing preservice teacher beliefs about the education of linguistically diverse students. The experiment involved a semester-long online letter exchange with English learner (EL) pen pal partners from two public schools. The research questions included: What effect did…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, English Language Learners, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Rodriguez-Mojica, Claudia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Prominent discourses about emergent bilinguals' academic abilities tend to focus on performance as measured by test scores and perpetuate the message that emergent bilinguals trail far behind their peers. When we remove the constraints of formal testing situations, what can emergent bilinguals do in English as they engage in naturally occurring…
Descriptors: Tests, Scores, Bilingual Students, Language Arts
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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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Delavan, M. Garrett; Valdez, Verónica E.; Freire, Juan A. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Utah's public schools are home to an increasing number of K/1-6 dual language (DL) programs established through a state-centralized model that has sparked interest domestically and internationally. We theorize three potential constituencies of DL--maintenance, heritage, and world language--then use critical discourse analysis to examine how…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Discourse Analysis, Public Schools, Elementary School Students
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Kiramba, Lydiah Kananu – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This article discusses the findings of an empirical study that investigated the writing practices in a multilingual, rural, fourth-grade classroom in Kenya. The study was undergirded by Bakhtin's heteroglossia. Analysis of texts indicated that these emergent multilinguals used multiple semiotic resources to maximize the chances of meeting the…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Language Usage, Multilingualism, Code Switching (Language)
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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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Martínez-Álvarez, Patricia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This study explores the impact of hybrid instructional spaces on the purposeful and expansive use of translanguaging practices. Utilizing technology, the study explores the role of multimodality in bilinguals' language multiplicity and dynamism. The research addresses: (a) how do emergent bilinguals in dual language programs deploy their full…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Bilingual Students, Code Switching (Language), Bilingualism
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Lindholm-Leary, Kathryn – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
Considerable research documents students' outcomes in dual language (DL) programs, but there is little examination of students' perceptions of bilingualism and its impact on students' cognitive functioning and social relationships, especially with comparative studies across different target languages and student backgrounds. This study, which…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Positive Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Native Speakers
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de Oliveira, Luciana C. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
The number of English language learners (ELLs) in the United States has increased dramatically. Given this increase it is vital for teacher education programs at the pre-service level and professional learning programs at eh in-service level to address the needs of ELLs. This article presents a teacher preparation model--"a language-based…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Mainstreaming
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Montanari, Simona; Simón-Cereijido, Gabriela; Hartel, Antonella – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
This study examines the writing skills of students in grades 1 to 5 of an Italian-English two-way immersion program. Narrative writing samples were collected in both languages and scored for content, organization, grammar, mechanics, vocabulary, text length, and overall total score. The results show that writing skills improved as a function of…
Descriptors: Italian, Second Language Learning, Grammar, Vocabulary Development
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Palmer, Deborah K.; Henderson, Kathryn I. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
This article explores the placement practices of students into different educational programs in PreK-first grade, including two bilingual education programs and an ESL "mainstream" classroom. We then examine the discourse practices of four third-grade teachers and the school principal. Our findings suggest that initial program placement…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Bilingual Education Programs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Martínez-Roldán, Carmen María – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2015
This article discusses the results of an empirical study that examined the translanguaging practices of primary-grade, bilingual Latino students, as mediated by bilingual teacher candidates (TCs), in an after-school program in the southwestern United States. Expansive Learning theory, within the cultural-historical activity tradition, guided the…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), After School Programs, Spanish, English (Second Language)
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