Designing and Implementing Two-Way Bilingual Programs: A Step-by-Step Guide for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents / Edition 1

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Use dual-language instruction to promote literacy in two languages! How can you provide a bilingual learning experience that includes high levels of achievement for both English-language learners and English-dominant students? What can you do to include all students in the adventure of learning a new language? Two-way bilingual education helps children maintain their cultural language as well as learn a new language-an invaluable skill in an increasingly integrated world. Designing and Implementing Two-Way Bilingual Programs provides essential elements to help your students gain literacy in two languages, increase cross-cultural understanding, and meet high levels of achievement in all core academic areas. This excellent resource provides school administrators, teachers, and parents with the basic knowledge necessary for planning and implementing an effective two-way bilingual program by: Promoting native-language literacy skills and balanced bilingualism Providing a standards-based education while promoting proficiency in two languages Helping all students gain cognitive and linguistic benefits from academic tasks that call for creativity and problem solving This indispensable handbook also includes strategies for building learning communities for dual-language teachers, professional development plans that meet the specific needs of dual-language programs, and tips for involving parents.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Slavin
"This book is certain to be an indispensable guide to planning and practice in dual language schools. It is practical, down-to-earth, and firmly based in broad experience and research."
Diane August
"This book is an excellent resource for educators interested in developing bilingual capacity in American school children."
Liz Howard
"Calderón and Minaya-Rowe have done an excellent job of presenting relevant research along with practical examples and suggestions, all in a highly readable and user-friendly format. This volume is an indispensable tool for teachers, administrators, and parents involved with dual language programs."
Ana Maria Olezza

"A comprehensive compendium of dual language program implementation strategies and examples. An indispensable how-to book for school level administrators, teacher trainers, teachers, and parents. Calderon and Minaya-Rowe have been able to draw upon their vast experience in dual language implementation to present a complete picture of the most important components of successful programs."

Anthony S. Amato
"This practical book can be used as a tool to transform schools into dual-language programs that focus on the improvement of school performance and language enrichment. It is written in a very pragmatic style and provides insights and frameworks supporting school or district’s systemic reform."
National Association for Bilingual Education News
“A technical, yet read-friendly book that teachers, administrators, community persons, and teacher educators will receive with great enthusiasm because of its clarity and usefulness.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761945659
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/23/2003
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Margarita Calderón is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University’ School of Education. She serves on national panels and committees such as: National Research Council’s Committee on Teacher Preparation, National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth, Carnegie Adolescent ELL Literacy Panel, The WIDA Formative Language Assessment Records for ELLs (FLARE) in Secondary School, National Institute for Family Literacy (NIFL) Multicultural Advisory, Professional Advisory Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and ETS Visiting Panel on Research. She is principal investigator in a 5-year study in middle and high schools called ExC-ELL on professional development of science, social studies, and language arts teachers of ELLs, and RIGOR for teaching language, reading and content to SIFE, ELLs in Special Education, and Newcomers funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is Co-PI with Robert Slavin on the 5-year randomized evaluation of English immersion, transitional, and two-way bilingual elementary programs funded by the Institute for Education Sciences/U.S. Dept. of Education. Other research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, National Institutes of Health, and Texas Education Agency.

She has over 100 publications. Three recent publications are: The McGraw-Hill LEAD21 and Science Essentials for ELLs; Teaching Reading to English Language Learners, Grades 6-12: A Framework for Improving Achievement in the Content Area, and Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Two-Way Bilingual programs by Corwin Press. She is an international speaker and conducts comprehensive professional development programs throughout the country.

Liliana Minaya-Rowe is bilingual training coordinator at the Hartford Public Schools, where she works in professional development plans and practices for two-way immersion, bilingual, and ESL programs; effective first and second language instruction; teachers’ learning communities; and parent/family involvement practices. Minaya-Rowe is also professor emeritus of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests, publications, and teaching include teacher education, literacy, bilingual program development and implementation, and discourse analysis of bilinguals. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Education. Minaya-Rowe’s 80+ publications include journal articles, books, chapters, teacher’s manuals, and guidebooks.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Pt. I Starting a Two-Way Bilingual Program 1
1 Moving Toward Two-Way Bilingual Programs 3
2 Planning and Designing a Two-Way Bilingual Program 23
3 Comprehensive Curriculum Models for a Two-Way Program 39
4 Case Study: The Alicia R. Chacon International School 53
Pt. II Implementing Effective Instruction 83
5 Instructional Techniques and Activities for Second-Language Learners 85
6 Literacy in Two Languages: The Importance of Research-Based Instructional Models 107
7 Using Writing to Promote Reading and Oral Language Development 133
8 Assessing Second-Language Learners 149
Pt. III Involving Teachers and Parents 167
9 Staff Development and Teacher Learning Communities 169
10 Reaching Out to Parents 189
11 Evaluation, Research, and Conclusions 207
Resource A Resources for Two-Way Bilingual Programs 221
Resource B List of Acronyms 227
References 229
Index 241
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