Teaching for Biliteracy

Teaching for Biliteracy: Strengthening Bridges between Languages

Karen Beeman, M.Ed., Cheryl Urow, M.Ed.
ISBN: 978-1-9340000-9-0
Paperback: 192 pages
Published: December, 2012

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Foreword by Kathy Escamilla

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Bridge for cross-language transfer!

Beeman and Urow introduce the powerful notion of the Bridge to the biliteracy field in this practical professional development guide for teachers, administrators, and leadership teams. The Bridge is the instructional moment when teachers purposefully bring the two languages together, strategically guiding bilingual learners to

  1. Transfer the academic content they have learned in one language to the other
  2. Engage in contrastive analysis
  3. Develop academic English and Spanish across the content areas
  4. Read and write grade-level texts across the curriculum
  5. Develop metalinguistic awareness

The biliteracy unit framework featured in this book is compatible with literacy frameworks and programs used in K-12 schools today.

Caslon now offers a book study guide with a purchase of 10 or more copies of this title (with meetings based on each book chapter). Click here to see a sample meeting from this guide. The guide supports teachers’, coaches’, and administrators’ professional learning so that they can promote equity and excellence for the bilingual and English learners in their districts, schools, and classes. Professors can also use these guides to help students clearly articulate goals and objectives and design culminating projects that provide evidence of their learning.