Becoming Biliterate: A Study of Two-Way Bilingual Immersion by Bertha Perez

By Bertha Perez

This publication describes the improvement technique and dynamics of swap during enforcing a two-way bilingual immersion schooling application in college groups. the point of interest is at the language and literacy studying of elementary-school scholars and on the way it is encouraged through mom and dad, academics, and policymakers. P?rez presents wealthy, hugely specified descriptions, either quantitative and qualitative, of the switch approach on the colleges concerned, together with scholar language and fulfillment facts for 5 years of software implementation that have been used to check the elemental two-way bilingual idea, the categorical university interventions, and the actual lecture room tutorial practices. The contribution of changing into Biliterate: A learn of Two-Way Bilingual Immersion schooling is to supply a complete description of contextual and educational elements that will aid or prevent the attainment of winning literacy and scholar results in either languages. The research has wide theoretical, coverage, and sensible educational relevance for the numerous different U.S. institution districts with huge scholar populations of non-native audio system of English. This quantity is extremely appropriate for researchers, instructor educators, and graduate scholars in bilingual and ESL schooling, language coverage, linguistics, and language schooling, and as a textual content for master's- and doctoral-level periods in those components.

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This dynamic creates an institutional context within which community schools operate. Finally, each specific classroom has a situational context influenced not only by situational factors but also by all the other levels of context. As each circle of context defines their understanding of the need and the best interest, they bring social and political pressures to the development of an official educational policy. However, one cannot assume that any official policy statement will be understood and interpreted as one coherent ideological position within the different levels of context (Freeman, 1998).

Two-way bilingual immersion programs that develop the heritage language and the ethnic culture of the students as well as the national language and culture may be a way to “create structures that would enable submerged voices to emerge” (Macedo, 1994, p. 4). In the case of the program described in this study, most of the English speakers shared an ethnic and cultural identity with the non-English speakers; that is, most of the students were Mexican or Mexican American. B I L I N G U A L A N D T W O - WAY B I L I N G U A L IMMERSION RESEARCH Two-way bilingual immersion education in the United States has been developed on the theoretical models of the Canadian immersion programs implemented there in the 1960s and 1970s (Genesee, 1987; Lambert & Tucker, 1972; Swain & Lapkin, 1982).

By the spring semester of the third grade, Jessica’s and Antonio’s twoway bilingual immersion classes were conducted 60% of the instructional S C H O O L I N G O F L AT I N O S PA N I S H - S P E A K I N G C H I L D R E N 3 time in Spanish and 40% of the time in English. Antonio and Jessica were both making very good progress; in fact, they had just taken the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) required by the state and had “met minimum expectations” on all subtests. Although the Spanish TAAS was being developed and pilot tested, it was not available the year that Jessica and Antonio were in the third grade.

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