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Schwarzer, David; Acosta, Christian – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2014
The purpose of this article is to re-conceptualize the role of the monolingual teacher in mainstream K-12 classrooms in the United States who work with students who are mostly multilingual and transnational. The proposed role for monolingual teachers is to incorporate at least some of the resources available in students' native languages, even if…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Multilingualism, Monolingualism, Second Language Learning
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Tazi, Zoila – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2014
School readiness has captured our attention. Across the country, policymakers, politicians, advocates, educators, and community members are forging alliances to increase children's access to the kinds of early childhood experiences that will best prepare them for success in school. At the same time, census figures indicate that the child…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Language of Instruction, Hispanic American Students
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Cregan, Áine – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2012
The importance of oral language development among elementary school students is widely acknowledged, both in the research and in policy documents worldwide. Facility with one particular style of language, decontextualized language, is critical for success in the school context. This style of language is not readily accessible to all students. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Diversity, Language Usage, Elementary School Students
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Velasco, Patricia – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2012
Teachers working with emergent bilinguals face difficult dilemmas. Students who do not receive rigorous content instruction fail to acquire academic language. However, if students do not understand the content or cannot participate in content lessons, they cannot be expected to learn the academic information and the language associated with it.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Case Studies, Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing
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Mercuri, Sandra; Ebe, Ann E. – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2011
There is growing evidence that schools are not meeting the needs of emergent bilinguals who are falling behind in both academic language development and content knowledge learning. In response to this concern, this article proposes five research-based guidelines for promoting effective instruction for emergent bilinguals. In order to connect…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Teaching Methods, Units of Study, Inquiry
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Mykysey, Nadia – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2011
While participating in the Bilingual Teacher Research Forum (a teacher inquiry group), I decided to do research in my classroom to investigate the ways in which emergent bilinguals (EBs) expanded their appreciation and understanding of writing in English as a second language. The purpose of this study was to examine and describe first-grade EBs'…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction