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.