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Lecture - Fred Genesee, PhD: "Lessons from a Half Century of Research on Dual Language Teaching and Learning"

Event Type
Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education program (SLATE), Department of Linguistics, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Lucy Ellis Lounge (Room 1080), Foreign Languages Building (FLB), 707 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
Nov 27, 2017   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Fred Genesee, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal Canada
Melissa Bowles
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School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

[Abstract] It has been more than 50 years since Coral Way School opened its doors to bilingual instruction in Florida and the Lau versus Nichols case in San Francisco that spawned a revolution in dual language forms of education for minority language students across the country.  Our insights and knowledge about what it takes to create and maintain successful dual language programs has been enriched remarkably by the experiences of on-the-ground professionals and the concerted efforts of researchers in the U.S., and beyond, since the inception of dual language programs in the mid-1960s.


In this talk, I will discuss what I think are important lessons we have learned from research and experiences about effective dual language programs and the professionals who create and maintain them.  The importance of educational leadership, time and timing of first and second language instruction, pedagogy, the role of ELs’ first language, assessment, and expectations will be discussed.


[Bio] Fred Genesee is a Professor Emeritus from McGill University. His research interests generally revolve around language acquisition in Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Developmental Science.

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