Dual Language Education in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons Learned

Dual Language Education in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons Learned

Presented by Dr. Kathy Escamilla, Dr. Fred Genesee, Dr. M. Beatriz Arias, Dr. Igone Arteagoitia

About the Presentation

Dual language education programs are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. Not only have the numbers of K-5 dual language programs increased exponentially, dual language approaches have extended to Pre-K and secondary education. A soon to be released CAL/Multilingual Matters publication, Profiles of Dual Language Education in the 21st Century will be highlighted.

Join members of CAL’s board of trustees and staff for an insightful discussion focused on research, opportunities and challenges of dual language education. 

  • Welcome and Introductions: Dr. Fred Genesee and Dr. Joel Gómez
  • Dr. Kathy Escamilla will review the challenges to dual language implementation
  • Dr. Fred Genesee will identify lessons learned from dual language research
  • Dr. Beatriz Arias will summarize research on the three goals of dual language education
  • Dr. Igone Arteagoitia will identify salient programmatic components for a legacy dual language program

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About the Publication

Profiles of Dual Language Programs for the 21st Century
Co-published by the Center for Applied Linguistics and Multilingual Matters

In this upcoming volume, three case studies will present DLE implementation at the school, district and city level. The increasing demand for DLE programs to span the entire pre-K through 12 curriculum is highlighted, with two chapters addressing the expansion of DLE models to pre-school and secondary school. Because DLE is at the nexus of education and language policies, final chapters review DLE teacher preparation and elucidate the spaces that policy creates for DLE.

About the Presenters

Dr. Kathy Escamilla
Dr. Kathy Escamilla is a Professor of Education in the Division of Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity at the University of Colorado, Boulder and holds the Bob & Judy Charles Endowed Chair of Education. Her research centers on educational issues related to Spanish speaking emerging bilingual students in U.S. schools. She is specifically interested in issues related to the development of bilingualism and biliteracy in early elementary grades. Her most recent research project titled, “Literacy Squared” has established the benefits of paired literacy in Spanish and English for emerging bilingual children and the need for assessment practices with a lens on developing trajectories toward biliteracy in Spanish and English. Dr. Escamilla is a member of numerous professional organizations in education and has served two terms as the president of the National Association for Bilingual Education. She has served as the co-editor of the Bilingual Research Journal, and has served as the chairperson of the Bilingual SIG for the American Education Research Association (AERA). She has published three books and over 50 articles in research journals.

Dr. Fred Genesee
Dr. Fred Genesee is a Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is interested in basic issues related to language learning, representation, and use in bilinguals and in applied issues related to second-language teaching, learning, and testing. He has carried out extensive research on alternative approaches to bilingual education, including second/foreign language immersion programs for language majority students and alternative forms of bilingual education for language minority students. Dr. Genesee’s current work focuses on immersion students who are at-risk for reading and/or language learning difficulties and how best to identify such students early in their schooling so that appropriate intervention can be provided.

Dr. M. Beatriz Arias
Dr. M. Beatriz Arias is a Senior Research Scientist at the CAL. Her scholarly interests focus on educational language policy and programs for English Language Learners. She is the author of three books and numerous publication including Profiles of Dual Language Education in the 21t Century. Dr. Arias is an Associate Professor Emerita at Arizona State University where she was the director of the Center for Bilingual Education and Research. Dr. Arias, a National Education Policy Fellow, has been a Court-appointed expert in school desegregation cases including Los Angeles, Denver, and Chicago, advocating for educational programs which promote equity for English learners.

Dr. Igone Arteagoitia
Dr. Igone Arteagoitia is a Research Scientist at CAL, where she works on research and evaluation projects related to the development of bilingualism and biliteracy skills in Spanish-English bilingual students in a range of educational program settings. She also provides technical assistance and delivers workshops, trainings, and a range of support services for teachers in a variety of educational program settings, including dual language and world languages programs, in the United States and internationally.