Staff Picks: Transfiguring Bilingual Education

Transfiguring Bilingual Education


Only in recent years has the focus of teaching bilingual students shifted from a reductive emphasis on making them proficient in English to a more comprehensive approach designed to help them flourish in both their languages. The term ‘emergent bilinguals’ brings the two languages into balance and assigns them equal value. This approach tries to reverse the harming effect that schools in the United States historically have had by viewing English as the all dominant lingua franca and not recognizing the importance of students’ native languages. This contemporary understanding incorporates multiple layers, considering cultural background, socioeconomic aspects, parent interaction and all factors that are part of the educational development of a child. The books selected in this collection have all been published in the last ten years and are based on this progressive approach. There is a spectrum of different focuses within this collection, although the fundamental subject is bilingual education for children. Some books specifically discuss strategies for engaging parents from diverse backgrounds, others look at the topic from a stance of applied linguistics, yet the goal of all is to provide ideas and methods to tailor the classroom experience to best meet the needs of bilingual students.

As newly elected President Biden has assumed office and is planning sweeping reforms in support of immigration and multilateralism, the importance of a strong foundation for teaching bilingual students in the United States becomes more and more significant. Historically, this country has always been defined as a nation of immigrants so it is vital that teachers embarking on the journey of educating these students have the support they need.

The hope for this collection is that the books curated will be inspiring and helpful resources for educators at all levels.

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On Weaving Bookcover

Child Bilingualism and Second Language Learning: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

edited by Fangfang Li, Karen E. Pollock, and Robbin Gibb

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Dual Language Bilingual Education: Teacher Cases and Perspectives on Large-Scale Implementation Bookcover

Dual Language Bilingual Education:

Teacher Cases and Perspectives on Large-Scale Implementation

by Kathryn I. Henderson and Deborah K. Palmer

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Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times: Connecting Communities of Practice in a Borderless World Bookcover

Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times:

Connecting Communities of Practice in a Borderless World

by Carmen I. Mercado

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The Reading Turn-Around with Emergent Bilinguals:A Five-Part Framework for Powerful Teaching and Learning (Grades K-6) Bookcover

The Reading Turn-Around with Emergent Bilinguals:

A Five-Part Framework for Powerful Teaching and Learning (Grades K-6)

by Amanda Claudia Wager, Lane W. Clarke, and Grace Enriquez

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Bilingualism and Bilingual Education: Politics, Policies and Practices in a Globalized Society Bookcover

Bilingualism and Bilingual Education:

Politics, Policies and Practices in a Globalized Society

by B. Gloria Guzmán Johannessen

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Educating Emergent Bilinguals: Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Learners Bookcover

Educating Emergent Bilinguals:

Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Learners

by Ofelia Garcia and Jo Anne Kleifgen

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Bilingual Education and Language Policy in the Global South Bookcover

Bilingual Education and Language Policy in the Global South

edited by Jo Arthur Shoba, Feliciano Chimbutane, and Feliciano Chimbutane

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Translanguaging: <p>Language, Bilingualism and Education Bookcover

Translanguaging:

Language, Bilingualism and Education

by O. Garcia and L. Wei

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Teacher Preparation for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms : A Resource for Teacher Educators Bookcover

Teacher Preparation for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms : A Resource for Teacher Educators

edited by Tamara Lucas

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Home-School Connections in a Multicultural Society: Learning from and with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families Bookcover

Home-School Connections in a Multicultural Society:

Learning from and with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

edited by Maria Luiza Dantas and Patrick C. Manyak

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 Teaching in Two Languages: A Guide for K–12 Bilingual Educators Bookcover

Teaching in Two Languages:

A Guide for K–12 Bilingual Educators

by Sharon Adelman Reyes and Tatyana Kleyn/p>

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True American: Language, Identity, and the Education of Immigrant Children Bookcover

True American:

Language, Identity, and the Education of Immigrant Children

by Rosemary C. Salomone

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Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism: <p>Beyond Heritage Languages in a Global City Bookcover

Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism:

Beyond Heritage Languages in a Global City

edited by Prof. Ofelia García, Zeena Zakharia, and Dr. Bahar Otcu

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