As a teacher
This practical guide describes, explains, and demonstrates for teachers how to teach for biliteracy. It shows how to develop biliteracy units of instruction for any content area at any grade level. The framework shows how to do the following:
- Draw on student, teacher, and community language resources, linguistic creativity, and cultural funds of knowledge as an integral part of classroom instruction
- Integrate language arts and content-area instruction
- Scaffold students’ learning of content-area concepts and skills in two languages
- Provide students with opportunities to read and write grade-level texts across the curriculum
- Support students’ development of academic English and Spanish across content areas
- Make cross-linguistic connections during the Bridge—the instructional moment when teachers purposefully bring the two languages together.
The framework is compatible with existing literacy frameworks and programs, and all the ideas, suggestions, and examples used can be adapted by any teacher.