Fostering Linguistic and Cultural Equity in Two-Way Immersion Education

1:30 - 3:00pm

Room: Baker

Presented at: ATDLE 2014

Participants will learn how practitioners in two-way immersion (TWI) programs can cultivate an environment at the school and classroom level where English and the partner language have equal status and ethno-linguistic diversity is actively valued. The presenter will share findings from a qualitative research study that explored TWI practitioners’ definitions and interpretations of equity, in particular, the way that the TWI model and practitioners’ efforts counter English-only ideologies. Participants will also reflect on program- and classroom-level policies and practices in their own schools that contribute to or inhibit the creation of an equitable learning environment for linguistically diverse students.