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Berens, Melody S.; Kovelman, Ioulia; Petitto, Laura-Ann – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
Is it best to learn reading in two languages simultaneously or sequentially? We observed second- and third-grade children in two-way "dual-language learning contexts": (a) 50:50 or Simultaneous dual-language (two languages within same developmental period) and (b) 90:10 or Sequential dual-language (one language, followed gradually by the other).…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Phonological Awareness, Bilingualism, Monolingualism
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Duran, Lillian; Roseth, Cary; Hoffman, Patricia; Robertshaw, M. Brooke – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
The present article reports third-year findings from a three-year longitudinal, experimental-control study involving 31 Spanish-speaking preschoolers (aged 38-48 months) randomly assigned to two Head Start classrooms. In Year 1 preschoolers were randomly assigned to a transitional bilingual education (TBE) or predominantly English classroom, and…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Expressive Language, Speech Communication, Emergent Literacy
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Cole, Mikel W. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This article reports the results of a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of peer-mediated learning for English language learners. Peer-mediated learning is presented as one pedagogical tool with promise for interrupting a legacy of structural and instructional silencing of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Oral language…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Peer Relationship, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Montelongo, José A.; Durán, Richard; Hernández, Anita C. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
English-Spanish cognates are words that are spelled similarly or identically and possess the same or nearly the same meanings in both languages. Many cognates are academic vocabulary words and are very common in content area textbooks. The primary purpose of this investigation was to obtain an estimate of the number of different cognates in…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Picture Books, Spanish
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Koyama, Jill; Menken, Kate – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
Immigrant youth who are designated as English language learners in American schools--whom we refer to as "emergent bilinguals"--are increasingly framed by numerical calculations. Utilizing the notion of assemblage from actor-network theory (ANT), we trace how emergent bilinguals are discursively constructed by officials, administrators,…
Descriptors: Accountability, Bilingual Education, Second Language Learning, English Language Learners
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Abu-Rabia, Salim; Shakkour, Wael; Siegel, Linda – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This study examined the effects of an intervention helping struggling readers improve their reading and writing skills in English as a foreign language (L2), and those same skills in Arabic, which was their first language (L1). Transferring linguistic skills from L2 to L1 is termed "cognitive retroactive transfer". Tests were…
Descriptors: Intervention, Writing Skills, Syntax, Semitic Languages
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Marian, Viorica; Shook, Anthony; Schroeder, Scott R. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
The effects of bilingual education on reading and math achievement were examined by comparing test scores across different elementary school programs. Results revealed that bilingual Two-Way Immersion (TWI) programs benefited both minority-language and majority-language students. Minority-language students in TWI programs outperformed their peers…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Immersion Programs, Language Minorities, Educational Benefits
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Kibler, Amanda K.; Roman, Diego – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This study examines factors impacting teacher learning during and after an online professional development program focused on teaching English language learners in U.S. schools. Research focused on nonbilingual K-12 teachers' changing perspectives on the role of students' native languages in classroom teaching and learning during and after the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Teaching Methods
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López, Minda Morren – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This article reports a qualitative study of the reasons mothers chose to enroll their children in a Spanish/English two-way immersion (TWI) Program in Central Texas. Some of the mothers' reasons varied, and others overlap. All mothers expressed the belief that the program would provide their children with more opportunities, cognitive benefits,…
Descriptors: Mother Attitudes, Immersion Programs, Spanish, English (Second Language)
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Peralta, Claudia – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This study explored how Mexican immigrant and first-generation Mexican youth resist, conform to, and persist in schooling. Using Latino Critical Race Theory (LatCrit) as a framework, evidence of the "sticky mess" of racial inequalities (Espinoza & Harris, 1997) was shown to impact the lives of all participants. However, the strength…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Mexican Americans, Immigrants, Critical Theory
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Endo, R. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This ethnographic case study describes how three Japanese immigrant parents in a midsize urban community in the Midwest viewed heritage-language education in relation to their children's socioemotional development as bicultural Americans. The literature review offers a comparative and historical analysis of Japanese schools in the diaspora to…
Descriptors: Risk, Rewards, Ethnography, Case Studies
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Esposito, Alena G.; Baker-Ward, Lynne – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This investigation is an initial examination of possible enhancement of executive function through a dual-language (50:50) education model. The ethnically diverse, low-income sample of 120 children from Grades K, 2, and 4 consisted of approximately equal numbers of children enrolled in dual-language and traditional classrooms. Dual-language…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Low Income, Executive Function, Elementary School Students
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Worthy, Jo; Durán, Leah; Hikida, Michiko; Pruitt, Alina; Peterson, Katie – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
A substantial body of research has collectively concluded that encouraging students to draw flexibly on multiple aspects of their linguistic repertoires is positively associated with developing bilingualism, metalinguistic awareness, and academic skills. However, most bilingual education programs--including transitional and dual-language--limit,…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Metalinguistics, Bilingual Education Programs, Literature
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Puzio, Kelly; Keyes, Christopher S.; Cole, Mikel W.; Jiménez, Robert T. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
Although a variety of research has investigated the use and benefits of home language in school settings, research on using translation to support school learning is scarce. With the goal of designing a differentiated and culturally relevant strategy that supports the reading of bilingual students, we worked with seventh-grade students in pull-out…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Language Usage, Native Language, Bilingualism
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Hopkins, Megan – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This article examines the unique contributions that bilingual and bilingually credentialed teachers make to the instruction of emergent bilinguals in the United States. This mixed methodological study involved 474 teachers in Arizona, California, and Texas, which represent distinct language policy contexts. Results revealed that, irrespective of…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Educational Policy, Language Planning
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