Language Learner- a new practitioner journal from NABE

The National Association for Bilingual Education just launch their new practitioner journal “Language Learner”. You can access the whole issue at http://www.nabe.org/documents/NABENews/Introducing_LL.pdf Articles titles include: Improving Achievement for ELLs Through Sheltered Instruction and Dual Language Essentials: Meeting the Goals of the Year of Languages It looks very promising!!!

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Dual Language Abilities Study of Bilingual Four year old: Initial Findings

Tabors, P.O., Paez, M. M., Lopez, L.M. (2003). Dual Language Abilities of Bilingual Four-Year Olds: Initial Findings from the Early Childhood Study of langauge and Literacy Development of Spanish-speaking Children. NABE Journal of Research and Practice, Winter 2003, pp 70-91. This article looked at the early literacy skills in Spanish and English for a sample…

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Longitudinal Study on ESL Children’s Reading Achivement Better than Monolinguals

Nonie K. Lesaux, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education reports that ESL kindergarteners may read better than native English speakers. Her research results came from a 5-year longitudinal study that examined the development of reading from kindergarten through grade four of language minority learners who entered mainstream classrooms with little or no…

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Excellent Book on Assessing Culturally & Linguistically Diverse St

Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: A Practical Guide by Robert, L. Rhodes, Salvador Hector Ochoa, and Samuel O. Ortiz (2005) Guilford press. (hhtp://www.guilfordpress.com) This book is an excellent resource for special educators, school psychologists, regular education teachers, and case workers working with a diverse student population. This book focuses on the assessment process of…

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Bilingual Language Development and Disorders

Bilingual Language Development and Disorders in Spanish-English Speakers by Brian A. Goldstein, Paul Brookes Publishing, Blatimore, MD. ISBN 1-557-66687-3. This book is a compilation of research in language disorders of Spanish-English speaker. It is really one of a kind in this topic. The topics presented include reliable assessment and intervention approaches for pre-k-12. The intervention…

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Article on Weblogs

This posting has to do with the recent article I wrote for the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (CCBD) newsletter. The articles gives a brief explanation of what weblogs are and a summary of relevant weblogs in our field. I would really welcome responses of new weblogs you find relevant to mild disabilities, bilingual…

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What is Bilingual Special Education

The following link is a great resource that describes the characteristics and needs of students who are bilingual and need special education services. Baca and Cervantes are pioneers in the area and have a practical summary of the process for assessment and instruction for bilingual students having difficulties and possibly disabilities in our schools today.…

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