Equity in Representing Literacy Growth in Dual Language Bilingual Education for Emerging Bilingual Students

Applied Linguistics & Society Virtual Lecture Series

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Equity in Representing Literacy Growth in Dual Language Bilingual Education for Emerging Bilingual Students 

Dr. Igone Arteagoitia (Research Scientist, Center for Applied Linguistics) & Dr. Shu Jing Yen (Senior Director of Psychometrics & Quantitative Research – Center for Applied Linguistics)  

March 9, 4:30-5:30pm EST 

Recent research findings on the cognitive and academic advantages of bilingualism (Adesope, Lavin, Thompson, & Ungerleider, 2010; Lindholm-Leary & Block, 2010) have contributed to the proliferation of dual language bilingual education (DLBE) programs in the United States. Despite their integrative and additive nature, concerns have been raised about lack of equity in their implementation (Cervantes-Soon, 2014; Palmer, 2010; Valdés, 1997, 2018). In this presentation, we argue that the fact that DLBE research almost exclusively focuses on English outcomes contributes to this inequity. In order to represent the full achievements of emerging bilingual students, we designed a longitudinal study to examine the biliteracy growth rates of third grade students enrolled in all of the DLBE programs that collect achievement data in the two program languages in the state of Oregon. Findings will be presented by whether students are or have ever been classified as English learners or not. 

Registration is required! Please click on the title of the talk to register through the link.  

Contact Ellen J. Serafini (eserafi2@gmu.edu) with any questions.  

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