Locating Information on Bilingual Readers

This semester students in READ 6325 explored professional resources on a variety of topics.

By Garcia

It’s always good to know that there is plenty of material that can assist us as we work with English Language Learners and that this information is within our reach.  We have to be well informed of what is needed to address not only the academic but the personal needs, interests, and concerns of all the bilingual population as well as those of the people that work with this minority. 

The data presented here provides information to all audiences concerning Bilingual Education.  The data collected offers information on journals, a professional book, the bilingual association, and websites with unlimited information on this matter.

Bilingual Research Journal, published by Routledge, is the journal of the National Association for Bilingual Education. The publication of this journal includes such topics as: Assessment, Biliteracy, Indigenous languages, Language planning, Language politics, Multilingualism, Pedagogical approaches, Policy analysis, Instructional research, Language planning, and Second language acquisition.  The journal has a strong attention in matters related to the education of language minority children and youth in the United States, grades PreK-12.  Articles from other countries are included if they offer bilingual education material from the U.S.  Bilingual Research Journal delivers in-depth coverage of education theory and practice, dealing with bilingual education, bilingualism, and language policies in education. This journal is published three times per year. The price for a subscription print copy is $70.00, online access for institutions is $211, and print and online subscriptions are $235.  The payment needs to be done by credit card only.  More information can be found at http://www.nabe.com.

 The National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) is an organization that represents and advocates for the nation’s bilingual and English Language Learners (ELL), their families, and Education professionals.  NABE offers professional research journals, conferences, advocacy, news, presentation, and recommendations.  This association has affiliations in 20 states that have more than 5,000 members that include Bilingual and English Language Learner (ELL) teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, administrators, professors, advocates, researchers, and policy makers. To be part of this association NABE offers different types of memberships including individual, student, professional, paraprofessionals, parent, state affiliate members, institutional, and lifetime.  The membership costs in the U.S. range from $30 to $500.  NABE also teams up with 18 Special Interest groups which are connected to bilingual education.  The NABE annual conference for 2013 will occur in Orlando, Florida in February.  More information can be found at http://www.nabe.org/.

Teaching Reading in Multilingual Classrooms is a book that discusses the core principles of a successful reading practice.  David and Yvonne Freeman present eight fantastic teachers   working with mainstream, English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL), and bilingual students.  The Freemans offer daily schedules, sample strategies, and lists of texts to assist teachers and students from elementary up to secondary.  The book chapters help readers put the principles into practice.  Chapter titles refer to understanding, valuing, sustaining, promoting, and evaluating reading.  It also includes talking, writing, and answering tough questions about reading.  At the end of the book professional references and literature are included.  This book can be found on-line. The price for a new book is $25 and for used is $7.  This book is eligible for free shipping and will be delivered in 24 hours from the same day order is placed.

International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism published by Routledge, includes such topics as:

  • Bilingualism, biculturalism, and defines an introduction to bilingual development, motivation, language identity and the second language (L2) self,
  • Bilingualism and enhanced attention in early adulthood  
  • Cognitive Effects of Bilingualism: How Linguistic Experience Leads to Cognitive Change Parent and teacher rating of bilingual language proficiency and language development concerns Linguistic diversity and social inclusion
  • Transliteration as a bridge to learning for bilingual children
  • Leveraging bilingualism to accelerate English reading comprehension

This journal is published three six times per year. The price for a individual subscription print copy is $161, online access for institutions is $781, and print and online subscriptions are $867.  The payment needs to be done by credit card only.  More information can be found at http://www.tandfonline.com/action/pricing?journalCode=rbeb

 I also recommend checking out the literacy related websites offered on this blog (on the right) for ideas and links like Colorín Colorado that were created to help Bilingual students and read and succeed.


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