An Educator's Guide to Dual Language Instruction: Increasing Achievement and Global Competence, K-12

An Educator's Guide to Dual Language Instruction: Increasing Achievement and Global Competence, K-12

by Gayle Westerberg, Leslie Davison


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This user-friendly book is a key resource for teachers and administrators to ensure their school’s success in implementing and maintaining a dual language program. Authors Gayle Westerberg and Leslie Davison share their own experiences leading a dual language school, the obstacles they overcame, and the best practices they learned along the way. The book is filled with step-by-step instructions and strategies you can try immediately, as well as inspirational stories from educators in urban and rural dual language programs across the country. Topics include:

  • Choosing a model for your dual language program and involving all stakeholders in the transition process;
  • Marketing your program effectively to recruit students and staff, including international teachers;
  • Implementing a standards-based instructional framework focused on direct vocabulary instruction, extensive reading, and using language in context;
  • Setting proficiency targets and using internal and external assessments to track students’ progress;
  • Incorporating technology for a more interactive and engaging language-learning experience.

You’ll also learn how to effectively transition your program through different grade levels and build a collaborative school culture for a strong, long-lasting K–12 dual language program. Additional resources are available on the authors’ website,

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138946576
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/02/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 774,069
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gayle Westerberg is the former principal of a dual language school and currently works as a consultant and coach on principal leadership and transdisciplinary learning.

Leslie Davison is a world language specialist, a teacher, and a consultant on best practices for language acquisition, technology, and dual language teaching strategies.

Table of Contents

Meet the Authors



1 Challenging the Status Quo and Doing the Right Work

2 The Dynamics of Change

3 Recruiting Families and Teachers

4 Choosing an Instructional Model

5 Language Acquisition 101 and the Power of Comprehensible Input

6 Reaching Proficiency Targets

7 Leveraging Technology Integration for Dual Language Programs

8 Transitions in Dual Language Education K-12

9 Creating a Culture that Fosters Global Competence

10 Upshots - Sharing Results

11 Professional Learning Through Coaching, Connecting and Collaboration

12 Moonshot...when you know better you are obligated to do better

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