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Thursday, March 25 • 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Developing (Bi)Literacy for Emerging Bilingual Learners: Research Based Approaches

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There is a national movement that purports to improve the teaching of beginning literacy through the utilization of methods commonly referred to as the Science of Reading. Proponents of these methods claim that the Science of Reading is equally beneficial for emerging bilingual learners as they are for monolingual English Learners. This presentation will first discuss how teaching initial literacy to emerging bilingual learners is different than teaching monolingual English Learners whether children are in bilingual/dual language or English only programs of instruction. Next, in the best of situations, teaching initial literacy to emerging bilingual learners involves developing biliteracy. The second part of this presentation will discuss considerations for developing initial literacy when the development of biliteracy is an option. Finally, the presentation will discuss how the Science of Teaching methods may be incorporated into effective initial reading instruction for emerging bilingual learners in bilingual/dual language and English only approaches.

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Dr. Kathy Escamilla

University of Colorado, Boulder
Kathy Escamilla Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Boulder with 50 years in bilingual education.
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Susan Hopewell

University of Colorado, Boulder
Susan Hopewell Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder with 28 years in bilingual education.

Jody Slavick

University of Colorado, Boulder

Thursday March 25, 2021 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
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