The Latest Research about Biliteracy

The concept of biliteracy can be described as the ability to proficiently read and write in two languages.  In order to be considered a biliterate, people must demonstrate that they are fluent in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in both languages.  Most typically, biliterate students already have said skills in their native language and are acquiring a second language.  Typically, … Read More

Dual Language Programs with Monolingual Parents – How can Parents Help?

Fun with Abcs: A Bilingual Book for Vocabulary Development Dual language programs instruct both monolingual and bilingual children in an immersive two-language classroom setting.  Oftentimes, children in dual language programs have monolingual parents. Said parents sometimes feel that they are unable to assist their children with homework or other school-related issues.  However, we’re here to share that monolingual parents can … Read More

The Process for Learning a New Language

Learning a new language is a process.  Most of the time, we learn to speak a language without even thinking about how we actually acquired said language skills.  But, when it comes to learning a new or second language, the process might be a little bit more complicated.  Truthfully, the way that anyone develops a new or second language depends … Read More

Language Development with Bilingual Preschoolers

By nature, children have an easy time learning to speak more than one language simultaneously.  Most often, children have a better understanding of one language over another – this is known as the dominant language.  Over time, children can find that their dominant language has changed. For instance, many bilingual preschoolers’ first language is Spanish.  Once they enter preschool and … Read More

Stages for Learning a New Language

Learning a new language can be difficult.  It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  The length of time it takes to learn a new language is dependent on a person’s ability, literacy skills, natural abilities, commitment to learning the new language, and whether or not they are in an intensive English program.  There are five stages that each … Read More

Vocabulary Development Begins at Birth

Vocabulary development begins from the minute children are born, and is a critical part of children’s overall development.  Vocabulary skills are the foundation of communication, as well as a way to understand and express feelings.  Additionally, vocabulary skills support problem solving, thinking, and the ability to develop and nurture relationships.  Developing vocabulary skills are the basis for learning to speak, … Read More

Reading with Older Kids

When older kids start to read independently parents oftentimes stop reading to and with them.  Many parents think that by this age, their older kids can read on their own, and now longer need their help with reading.  However, parents who stop reading to and with their older kids miss out on important opportunities to understand their offspring, gauge their … Read More

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