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Bilingual education policies and teacher preparation-From Texas to Taiwan
In Texas, English Learners (ELs) enrollments have constituted an ever increasing proportion of the state’s public school population accounting for 11.8 percent of the total number of student in the public school. Thus, bilingual education and English as a second language programs are required or can be implemented as a social option. The needs of bilingual and ESL teachers are in a high demand to work with ELs. This presentation will include the topics of the bilingual education policy in Texas, pathway of preparing bilingual educators, content and language integrated teaching and learning, sample lessons, creating an effective learning culture in the bilingual classroom, and implications of Texas teacher preparation to another context (e.g., Taiwan). The presentation will be based on research-based evidence and classroom experiences from EC-6 bilingual educators. The presentation will focus on the pathway of preparing bilingual educators, and content and language integrated learning through classroom projects and lesson plans. At the end of the presentation, the presenters will discuss the modifications to meet the students' needs when implementing bilingual education to a different context.
Please join this session! You will have first-hand information about Bilingual Education in Texas, the pathway of preparing bilingual educators AND this presentation included two bilingual educators' stories from public schools. Please join us!
Dr. Hsiao-Ping Wu is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Dr. Wu joined the bilingual education and ESL program in 2011. She teaches a wide variety of subjects including second language education foundation, second language pedagogy, and linguistics for teacher candidates. Her teaching values student-teacher interaction, inclusiveness, self-directed learning, authenticity, and experiential learning. Her research focuses on second language error analysis, computer-mediated communication (CMC), digital literacy, English as a second (ESL) teacher identity, ESL teacher preparation, computer-assisted language learning (CALL), and studies of international students.
Dr. Esther Garza is an Associate Professor of Bilingual and ESL Education at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
Dr. Guerra is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education and ESL Texas A & M University-San Antonio