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Prof. Fred Genesee: "Lessons from a Half Century of Research on Dual Language Teaching and Learning"

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Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 FLB)
Nov 27, 2017   4:00 - 5:00 pm  

It is 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.

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