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Mackinney, Erin; Rios-Aguilar, Cecilia – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This article examines how Arizona's teachers of English learners negotiate between restrictive language policies and complex teaching conditions. This case study explores how middle school teachers in an urban school district make sense of the 4-hour English language development block, Arizona's recent English-only policy. Findings indicate that…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Planning
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Leung, Genevieve; Uchikoshi, Yuuko – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This article examines the reported language ideologies and family language policies of the parents of Cantonese-English bilinguals in the U.S. in relation to their children's achievement scores in Cantonese and English. We explore the relationships first by language of instruction. Results show children in bilingual classrooms scored higher than…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Ideology, Bilingualism, Multilingualism
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Reese, Leslie – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
The study focuses on storytelling among Mexican families, documenting the frequency of storytelling in the homes of working- and middle-class Mexican families, the range of topics of the stories, characteristics and genres of stories, and intergenerational continuity of storytelling practices. Also examined are potential associations between…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Early Reading, Mexicans, Story Telling
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Warhol, Larisa; Mayer, Anysia – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This article explores local state bilingual-education policy vis-a-vis pervasive dominant-language ideologies about language-education policy and practice. State-level language-education policy, especially for English Language Learners (ELs), spans a wide range, from states that through policy legally require some form of bilingual education to…
Descriptors: Language Usage, School Restructuring, Bilingual Education, Second Language Learning
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Gerena, Linda; Keiler, Leslie – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
The Peer Enabled Restructured Classroom (PERC) program is a peer-teaching model developed by the Math and Science Partnership in New York City (MSPinNYC) to help underachieving and historically at-risk urban students succeed in math and science courses. Although preliminary success of this program has been substantial, there has not been a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Test Results, Summer Programs, Teaching Models
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Alvarez, Laura – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
Efforts to improve educational outcomes for English learners often focus on "academic language," but unfortunately the field lacks a clear, agreed-upon definition of the concept. This article reports on a design research study that focused on students' engagement in one academic practice over several months: reading and discussing…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Second Language Learning
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Howard, Elizabeth R.; Green, Jennifer D.; Arteagoitia, Igone – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This study contributes to the literature on cross-linguistic literacy relationships for English language learners, and in particular, the Spanish-influenced spelling patterns of Spanish-English bilinguals. English spelling, reading, and vocabulary assessments were administered to 220 students in four TWI programs over a three-year period, from…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Spelling, Second Language Learning, Data Analysis
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Kibler, Amanda K.; Bunch, George C.; Endris, Ann K. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
Community colleges are critical points of access for language-minority students and others historically underrepresented in U.S. higher education. Yet there is evidence that community colleges are far from reaching their potential as a stepping-stone to 4-year colleges and universities for underrepresented minorities, especially in states with the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Language Minorities, Disproportionate Representation
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Franquiz, Maria E.; Salazar, Maria del Carmen; DeNicolo, Christina Passos – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
This article argues that teacher-education programs often promote surface conceptions of inclusivity that limit preservice teachers' ability to understand and build upon the lived experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse youth. Conventional wisdom implies that teachers of color are native informants of these lived experiences; however,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Writing Assignments, Preservice Teachers, Bilingual Teachers
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Dubetz, Nancy E.; de Jong, Ester J. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
As a consequence of changes in federal and state policies in education, educators who believe in the value and importance of bilingualism find themselves in a contested environment where their notions of best practices for emergent bilinguals contradict those espoused in such policies. In this context, acts of advocacy that support bilingual…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Bilingual Teachers, Bilingualism
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Ortiz, Alba A.; Robertson, Phyllis M.; Wilkinson, Cheryl Y.; Liu, Yi-Juin; McGhee, Belinda D.; Kushner, Millicent I. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
Data from three interrelated studies of English Language Learners who were identified as having reading-related learning disabilities suggest that the majority of participants were misclassified. Bilingual education teachers and other educational professionals had difficulty distinguishing students for whom special education referral was…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Intervention, Bilingual Education, Learning Disabilities
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Lubliner, Shira; Hiebert, Elfrieda H. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
Three analyses of Spanish-English cognates were conducted, with the purpose of identifying features that might facilitate or inhibit bilingual students' cognate recognition and cross-language transfer of vocabulary knowledge. Results revealed that both the General Service List and the Academic Word List (AWL) contain a substantial number of…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Bilingual Students, Writing (Composition), Phonology
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Huerta, Teresa M. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
Recent research in teacher education has placed much attention on teachers' knowledge in subject matter and instructional practices and not enough on their attitudes and perspectives that contribute significantly to the pedagogy to which they adhere. In other words, teachers' prior knowledge and life experiences strongly influence the way they…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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LaBelle, Jeffrey T. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
Many middle school teachers lack adequate criteria to critically select materials that represent a variety of L2 teaching models. This study analyzes the illustrated and written content of 33 ELL textbooks to determine the range of L2 teaching models represented. The researchers asked to what extent do middle school ELL texts depict frequency and…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Teaching Models, Content Analysis, Middle School Teachers
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Rodriguez-Valls, Fernando – Bilingual Research Journal, 2011
This article presents the outcomes of a biliteracy project designed, following an action-learning methodology, to supplement the district-mandated literacy programs with afterschool reading cooperatives where 100 families whose children were enrolled in an elementary school located in the Imperial Valley, California, and teachers dialogically read…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Literacy, Teaching Methods, Bilingualism
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