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  1. Bilingual Education - The Three Pillars of Bilingual Education

    Bilingual Education focusing on preview, view and review technique 

    In this video Educational Consultant, Vivian Pratts highlights the three pillars of Bilingual Education. She discusses simultaneous biliteracy through paired literacy texts and the Preview, View, Review technique. In addition, she explores the context of content instruction through literacy.

    In 2013, 62 million people in the United States spoke a language other than English, with 11% of all students in the U.S. classified as English Learners.

    Also, Pratts explains how biculturalism is rarely discussed when it comes to the three pillars of dual language education. These include academic achievement, biliteracy, and biculturalism.

    The question that is posed, when it comes to Bilingual Education and dual-language programs is, "Who are the learners?"

    Often, dual language programs do not know the learner, who they are serving, and how a learner in a dual language bilingual program differs from a monolingual learner in different programs.

    Furthermore, Pratts points out that we need to start by knowing who the learner is and what are the learners’ linguistic configuration. How one becomes bilingual is unique to each individual. Everyone develops bilingualism in different contexts. Students learn the same way, and their linguistic configurations from one student to the next will be different. 

    Bilingual Education - Click the link below to learn more about Emergent Bilingual learners in the follow-up video with Vivian Pratts. 

    Emergent Bilingual - The Transition from Defining Students as English Language Learners to Emergent Bilingual


  2. Emergent Bilingual - The Transition from Defining Students as English Language Learners to Emergent Bilingual

    Emergent Bilingual - A More Positive Approach to Bilingualism 

    In this video, Vivian Pratts explains how the dual-language field is slowly moving toward the phrase Emergent Bilingual, in an attempt to move away from defining students as English Language Learners. A more positive approach to embrace the idea that bilingualism is dynamic, ongoing, and continues to develop throughout a person’s lifetime has become apparent. 

    Pratts provides examples of young bilingual children and discussed what program may best serve them. To serve students in an English context, the teacher must view students as Emergent Bilinguals and not monolinguals.

    Click the link below to learn more about Bilingualism in the follow-up video with Vivian Pratts.  

    Bilingualism - Balanced View of Bilinguals and Bilingualism

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