Emergent Bilinguals – An Overview

Emergent bilinguals is a term that is used to refer to what educators call English Language Learners (ELLs), and what the federal government call Limited English Proficient students (LEPs).  Some researchers believe that labeling immigrant students as ELLs or LEPs perpetuates inequities in the education and academic success of this student population.  They believe that these labels negate the notion … Read More

The Latest Language Acquisition Research

The field of language acquisition is complex and dynamic.  For decades, research efforts sought to find commonalities in acquisition and sequences of development.  These terms refer to varying grammatical structures and the regular patterns within a given morphosyntactic domain.  In recent years, researchers have begun to believe that language competency isn’t solely made up of grammatical knowledge, but it is … Read More

Parents and Teachers Together as School Leaders

Parents and teachers are not usually thought of in the traditional context of leaders.  However, both, parents and teachers, have a huge impact on the lives and education of children in the school system.  Therefore, parents and teachers can work together as school leaders. Parents as Leaders One of the most critical leadership functions within any society is effective parenting. … Read More

Building Self-Esteem in Adolescents

For many, adolescence is filled with insecurity, self-doubt, and questionable body image issues.  For English Language Learners (ELLs) insecurity and self-doubt can be stronger, as they are trying to acculturate to a new culture and   Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to help your teen build his/her self-esteem. Read on to learn 5 strategies that will help to … Read More

5 BEST Children’s Books for Dual Language

Dual language children’s books are advantageous because they simultaneously  help children learn two languages proficiently.  When children read books in their native language, along with a second language, it helps clarify the meaning of words.  Dual language books are an unintimidating way for kids to learn a new language, so that they can move on to more difficult texts.  It … Read More

Biliteracy: An ESL Approach

Biliteracy is a student’s ability to proficiently read and write in two languages.  Research demonstrates that the most effective route to biliteracy for English Language Learners (ELLs) in the English as a Second Language (ESL) setting is learning in the child’s native language.  Further, literacy knowledge in a child’s first language helps to form a solid foundation of skills and … Read More

Culturally Relevant Holiday Activities for Hispanics

The United States is rich in many cultural and religious traditions and celebrations.  Many of those cultural and religious holidays stem from Hispanic countries. Hispanics are known for their cultural and religious devotion, and the grand way in which they celebrate their holidays – both religious and secular.  Some of the most well-known Hispanic celebrations and holidays include Cinco de … Read More

Using Pictures for Teaching Vocabulary with Young Students

Teaching vocabulary can oftentimes be difficult, especially when working with English Language Learners (ELLs).  Instead of having young students tirelessly write and rewrite sentences to learn vocabulary, you can use pictures to teach them vocabulary.  Being able to describe pictures and inferring meaning from them, young children are not only able to increase their vocabulary, but they also build comprehension, … Read More

Two-Way Immersion Programs – An Overview

Two-way immersion programs are also known as dual language programs.  These educational programs use two languages for the instruction of content and literacy.  The most predominant two-way immersion programs in the United States combine English and Spanish.  Two-way immersion programs help English Language Learners (ELLs) foster strong literacy and English language skills over an extended period of time.  Likewise, they … Read More

What is Language Proficiency?

Language proficiency is the ability to use a language in real world situations during spontaneous interactions or in a non-rehearsed context in a way that is appropriate and acceptable for native speakers of the language.  In order for someone to demonstrate language proficiency, the user must be able to speak the language regardless of where, when, or how the language … Read More