Second Language Acquisition Theory of James Cummins

We continue our examination of some of the more groundbreaking and essential theories on the subject of second language acquisition with the work of James Cummins. He believed that there are marked differences between social interaction and academic teaching as a method for acquiring and comprehending a second language. His theory can be broken down into two different aspects that … Read More

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Telling One’s Own Story Changes Lives in Family Literacy

Every culture has its own characteristics that make it unique.  It is important for people to share their story, so that they can connect to others and feel less separate from others. This is particularly useful with immigrant families who have uprooted their lives to change their predicaments for the next generation.  For instance, if a newly arrived family from … Read More

alex perezTelling One’s Own Story Changes Lives in Family Literacy

Latest Research from Our Partnership with the University of North Texas

Three years ago, we embarked on a partnership with the University of North Texas (UNT) and its College of Education for Project SUCCESS. Under a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, The Latino Family Literacy Project became the training arm to engage ELL parents as part of Project SUCCESS in Language and Literacy Instruction: A Title III National … Read More

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Research about Latino Parent Involvement in Schools

Research about Latino Parent Involvement in Schools Parent involvement in schools has long been regarded as a contributing factor of academic success.  Although a great deal of research has been conducted regarding parental involvement, there has been a lack of research that focuses on Latino perceptions on the topic.   Organizations such as the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) have … Read More

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Parent Engagement to Support Language Arts in First and Second Language

Language arts in first and second languages play an important role in the academic success of English Language Learners (ELLs). That is why it is so important to encourage parent engagement; so that parents can help their children learn and strengthen their first language. With the skills in place from their first language, ELLs can then learn their second language at a … Read More

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Primary Language Supports New Language

Today, English Language Learners (ELLs) account for 9.5% of students enrolled in U.S. public schools. That means nearly 5 million students in our school system are ELLs. This number continues to grow, therefore this is an important issue that school administrators and teachers must address when preparing their lesson plans. This is where bilingual education, which utilizes students’ primary language comes … Read More

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Family Engagement for ELA and Reading Comprehension

Family engagement is necessary to support English Language Arts (ELA) and reading skills for academic student support. It is especially important to encourage family engagement among Latino families, who tend to be English Learners (ELs). In order to get EL families involved, school administrators and teachers should introduce them to resources and methods that can help them strengthen their family members’ … Read More

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Parents Reading in Native Language – Why it Helps Kids

Parental involvement plays a hugely important role in the academic success of English Language Learners (ELLs). That is why it is important for ELL parents to read with their children and be involved in other aspects of their education. One of the best ways to incorporate parental engagement into the lives of ELLs is encouraging parents to read with their … Read More

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Learning at Home – Tips for Spanish-speaking Parents

Learning at home can be difficult for English Language Learners (ELLs) or children with Spanish-speaking parents. Over 12 million children in the United States speak a language other than English at home. That is roughly 22% of children in our nation’s school system. In the United States, there are three versions of instruction for ELLs: transitional bilingual programs, dual language programs, and … Read More

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The Instructional Reading Stage for Struggling Readers

Learning how to read is a complex issue, especially for English Language Learners (ELLs).  Reading fluently involves several components, including reading comprehension.  For this reason, many ELLs struggle during the beginning stages of reading, especially if they do not already have literacy skills in their native language.  We will highlight several methods and strategies that adhere to the best practices … Read More

alex perezThe Instructional Reading Stage for Struggling Readers