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Thursday, March 25 • 4:00pm - 4:40pm
Developing Metalinguistic Awareness with Emergent Bilingual Students

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Emergent bilingual students use all of their cognitive and linguistic resources to enhance language acquisition and learn content. Teachers can work to give students additional linguistic resources by raising awareness of metalinguistics. In particular, teachers can show students how the two languages of their dual language program are the same and different, facilitating bi-directional transfer that can improve literacy development in both languages. This session will provide research on the value of providing this kind of instruction and describe the language systems for comparison: the graphophonic, semantic, syntactic and pragmatic. Using bilingual children’s literature, the presenter will demonstrate the use of each of these systems in Spanish and English. The audience will then practice using this knowledge with a bilingual poem, followed by practical suggestions for activities to do with students.


Igone Arteagoitia

Research Scientist and Dual Language Specialist, Center for Applied Linguistics
Igone Arteagoitia is a Research Scientist and Dual Language Specialist at the Center for Applied Linguistics where she has worked for the past 19 years.

Thursday March 25, 2021 4:00pm - 4:40pm PDT
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