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Hadi-Tabassum, Samina; Gutiérrez, Idalia – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2017
With the rising numbers of bilingual children, particularly young Latinos, in 2010 Illinois was the first state to pass legislation requiring preschool sites that serve 20 or more emergent bilinguals to offer home language instruction. The purpose of this study was to examine the responses of early childhood directors to the changes required by…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, State Legislation, Early Childhood Education, Online Surveys
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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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Musanti, Sandra I.; Celedón-Pattichis, Sylvia – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2013
In the current U.S. context, it is relevant to disseminate research that portrays in detail how bilingual teachers create challenging and safe mathematics learning environments for emergent bilinguals. It is critical to identify pedagogical approaches that foster emergent bilinguals' participation in mathematics conversations and discourse…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Teaching Methods, Bilingualism, Language Usage
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Menken, Kate; Solorza, Cristian – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2013
Enrollment in bilingual education has declined significantly in New York City in recent years, in spite of state and city policies that support it. To better understand this alarming trend, we interviewed school leaders, particularly principals, who have dismantled their school's bilingual education programs in recent years. We also interviewed…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Enrollment Trends, Language of Instruction, English (Second Language)
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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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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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García, Ofelia – Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 2010
This article traces the ways in which New York City schools have responded to the multilingualism of its children in the last forty years. I review here the past to construct the future--the future of the past. I argue that in the predominantly Puerto Rican community of the 1960s and 1970s a simple approach toward languages and bilingualism in…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Futures (of Society), Language Minorities