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Saturday, February 5 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Why and the How of Biliteracy Development for Bilingual Learners LIMITED

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Bilingual education classrooms most often follow a language and literacy model where the use of English and Spanish literacy activities always occur separately (Escamilla, Hopewell, Butvilofsky, Sparrow, Soltero-González, Ruiz-Figueroa, Escamilla, 2014; Garcia, Ibarra-Johnson & Seltzer, 2017; Mercuri and Musanti 2018). It is critically important that literacy instruction for emergent bilinguals is built across the two program languages (Escamilla, et al, 2014; Cummins, J. 2016; Horneberger, N. 2005,) and across content areas (Mercuri and Musanti, 2021). In addition, research shows that teachers should leverage students’ full linguistic repertoire to support language development and to foster (bi)literacy (Gort, M. 2015; Mercuri forthcoming)

In this session, first, the presenter defines (bi)literacy.  Second, she demonstrates an instructional approach that leverages the student’s full linguistic repertoire through the planning of interdisciplinary units of inquiry and the strategic use of both program languages to support (bi)literacy development.  Third, she exemplifies the steps involved in the planning process.  Finally, she shares examples of translanguaging practices such as PVR and crosslinguistic connections.  These (bi)literacy practices provide students opportunities for the flexible use of language as they access their full linguistic repertoire and reinforce the development of (bi)literacy across grade levels.   

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Dr. Sandra Mecuri

Educational Consultant
Dr. Mercuri is a nationally recognized Educational Consultant in the area of second language acquisition, dual language education, and curriculum integration for biliteracy development. She has over 28 years of experience in teaching in K-12 schools and at the university level in... Read More →

Saturday February 5, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST