National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics Para Nuestros Niños
Theme: English language learners (ELL) and bilingual students in schools Annotated Bibliography
Allman, B. (2003). Vocabulary size and accuracy of monolingual and bilingual preschool thchildren. Paper presented at the 4 International Symposium on Bilingualism April 30 -
May 3, 2003 in Tempe, Arizona.
This study evaluates the receptive and productive vocabulary size of 77 English and
Spanish monolingual and bilingual preschool children. Findings of this study provided
empirical evidence that vocabulary size of bilingual preschoolers is better estimated by
measuring vocabulary knowledge in both languages of bilingual children. The results of
this study suggest implication for theory of bilingual vocabulary development,
assessment, and intervention with bilingual preschoolers.
August, D., Calderón, M., & Carlo, M. (2002). Transfer skills from Spanish to English: A study
of young learners. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.
Thus, the focus of our study is to understand the manner in which reading skills
transferable across languages, in this case Spanish and English. The study examined how
performance on indicators of Spanish reading at the end of second grade (April 1999)
predicted English reading performance at the end of the third grade (April 2000).
August, D., Carlo, M., Dressler, C., & Snow, C. (2005). The Critical Role of Vocabulary
Development for English Language Learners, Learning Disabilities Research & Practice,
In this article, authors review the research on methods to develop the vocabulary
knowledge of ELLs and present lessons learned from the research concerning effective
instructional practices for ELLs. The review suggests that several strategies are especially
valuable for ELLs, including taking advantage of students' first language if the language
shares cognates with English; ensuring that ELLs know the meaning of basic words, and
providing sufficient review and reinforcement. Challenges in designing effective
vocabulary instruction for ELLs are also discussed.
August, D., & Shanahan, T. (Eds.) (In press). Report of the national literacy panel on language
minority youth and children. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education with SRI International and the Center for
Applied Linguistics, this report represents the efforts of over twenty renowned scholars
and academics to identify, assess, and synthesize research on the education of language-
minority children and youth with regard to literacy attainment. It is the culmination of a
four-year process that began in the spring of 2002 when a expert panel was formed to
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review research on the development of literacy in language-minority students in the
United States. This seminal book, including 21 chapters, is divided thematically, into five
parts: 1) development of literacy in second-language learners, 2) cross-linguistic
relationships in second-languaeg learners, 3) sociocultural contexts and literacy
development, 4) instructional approaches and professional development, and 5) student
assessment. Cross-cutting themes and future research directions are also discussed.
August, D., & Hakuta, K. (1997). Improving schooling for language-minority children: A
research agenda. Washington: National Research Council, Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press. In this volume, a committee of experts focuses on how we effectively teach children from
homes in which a language other than English is spoken, striving toward the construction
of strong and credible knowledge base to inform the activities of those who educate
children as well as those who fund and conduct research. An immensely broad range of
studies are reviewed and further research is proposed.
Abedi, J., Hofstetter, C. H., Lord, C. (2004). Assessment accommodations for English language
learners: Implications for policy-based empirical research. Review of Educational
Research, 74(1), 1-28.
Given the potential consequences of test results, it is important that policy-makers and
understand the empirical base underlying their use. This article reviews test
accommodation strategies for English learners, derived from ―scientifically based
research‖. The results caution against a one-size-fits-all approach to assessment
Baker, C. (2000). The care and education of young bilinguals: An introduction for professionals.
Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters LTD.
This book serves as a comprehensive introduction for all professionals working with
bilingual children—for speech therapists, doctors, psychologists, counselors, teachers, and special needs personnel. The book addresses among other issues: the nature of
bilingual children, everyday language use of bilinguals, children as interpreters, code
switching, dialects and bilingualism, home and school relationships, bilingual classrooms,
language delay and language disorder.
Bialystok, E. (2001) Bilingualism in Development: Language literacy and Cognition. Cambridge
It explores language and cognitive development in bilingual children, focusing on the
preschool years. It begins by defining what we mean by bilingualism and what the
standards are for considering children to be bilingual. Then it examines how children
who learn two languages early in childhood develop both linguistic and nonlinguistic
cognitive skills. The book focuses on cognitive development and language processing.
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Christian, D., Genesee, F., and Lindholm-Leary, K. (2004). Project 1.2 two-way immersion:
Final progress report. Unpublished Project Progress Report.
This paper evaluates the variability of programmatic features between two-way
immersion programs. Namely, it evaluates characteristics of effective classroom
instruction, academic performace of students at-risk, and requirements placed on
professionals working in these programs. These aspects are analyzed in terms of the
level of English proficiency attained by students.
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) (2005). Guiding principles for dual-language education.
Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.
This paper was developed as a tool to help dual language programs (two-way immersion,
heritage language, foreign language immersion, or developmental bilingual programs)
with planning and ongoing implementation. Grounded in evidence from research and best
practices, the Guiding Principles address program issues in seven strands: Assessment
and Accountability, Curriculum, Instruction, Staff Quality and Professional Development,
Program Structure, Family and Community, and Support and Resources.
Combs, M. C., Evans, C., Fletcher, T., Parra, E., & Jiménez, A. (2005). Bilingualism for the
children: Implementing a dual-language program in an English-Only state. Educational
Policy, 19(5), 701-728.
In November 2000, Arizona voters passed Proposition 203, a law that replaced bilingual
education with a 1-year program known as Structured English Immersion (SEI).
Although SEI has little support in the educational or applied linguistics research literature,
all English-language learners (ELLs) in Arizona are automatically placed in SEI
classrooms. This article examines the effects of SEI on the teachers, administrators, and
students at an urban school serving a large number of ELLs.
Garcia, E. E. (2004). Bilingualism is not the arithmetic sum of two languages. In O. Saracho and
B. Spodek (Eds.), Contemporary perspectives on language policy and literacy instruction
in early childhood education. Information Age Publishing.
This chapter introduces the empirical knowledge bases related to an understanding of
bilingualism, second-language acquisition, and a broadened understanding of the
communicative act as it relates to schooling contexts, particularly in the United States.
Teaching/learning is addressed as it relates to linguistic, cognitive, and social research
and theory that have developed over the last two decades. These contributions, the
authors describes, have reshaped in a dramatic way our view of bilingualism.
Genesee, F. (Ed.) (1999). Program alternatives for linguistically diverse students. Berkeley, CA:
Center for Research on Education, Diversity, & Excellence.
This report looks at programs and approaches for educating students from diverse
linguistic and cultural backgrounds. It is intended as a guide for decision makers in
schools and school districts to help them identify the instructional approaches and
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programs that would best serve their students, meet their goals and needs, and match
local resources and conditions. An underlying assumption of this report is that no single
approach or program model works best in every situation. Many different approaches can be successful when implemented well. Local conditions, choices, and innovation are
critical ingredients of success. Authors discuss four program alternatives: (1) newcomer Genesee, F., Lindholm-Leary, K., Saunders, W., & Christian, D. (2005). English language programs, (2) transitional bilingual education, (3) developmental bilingual education, and learners in U.S. schools: An overview of research findings. Journal of Education for (4) two-way immersion. Students Placed at Risk, 10(4), 363-386.
This article reviews findings from scientific research that has been conducted in the
United States since 1980 on the educational outcomes of English language learners ELLs.
Major findings on the oral language, literacy, and academic achievement of ELLs are
discussed in 3 separate sections of this article, in addition to a discussion of the gaps and
shortcomings in current research in each domain. Recommendations for future research
are also presented, including the need for sustained theory-driven research that examines
the longitudinal development of and influences of instruction on the oral language,
literacy, and academic skills of diverse groups of ELLs across the K-12 span.
Gonzalez, M., & Glasman, N. (2004). An input-throughput-output analysis of the two-way
immersion language program in a California school district. Did bilingual education
help? Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual
conference, April 13, 2004, San Diego, CA.
This paper examines the inputs, throughputs (processes), and outputs of two models of
two-way language immersion programs (90/10 and 50/50) implemented in four schools
in a large school district in California.
Hasson, D. (2004). Perceived language abilities in bilingual Hispanic university students: Did
bilingual education help? Paper presented at the American Educational Research
Association annual conference, April 13, 2004, San Diego, CA.
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether Hispanic students who had
participated in bilingual programs in elementary school had a better perception of their
abilities in Spanish, confirmed by scores on a writing sample, when compared with
Hispanic students who had not participated in such programs
Hakuta, K., Butler, Y., & Witt., D. (2000). How long does it take learners to attain English
proficiency? University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute Policy 2000-
This paper is a summary of a longer study which reports on data from four different
school districts to draw conclusions about how long it takes English Learner/Limited
English Proficient students to develop oral and academic English proficiency. Authors
find that oral proficiency takes a minimum of three to five years to develop, while
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academic English proficiency can take up to four to seven years. The analysis also
revealed a continuing and widening gap between English learners and native English
speakers. The report concludes that policies that assume rapid acquisition of English are
unrealistic. Instead, the report asserts that the entire span of the elementary grades is a
more realistic range for English acquisition.
Hawkins, M. R. (2004). Researching English language and literacy development in schools.
Educational Researcher, 33(3), 14-25.
This article draws on new conceptualizations that look at what happens when diverse
language and cultures come into contact as part of human behavior and interactions,
always situated in larger social and cultural contexts. Ideas are recruited from multiple
fields such as anthropology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, sociology, cultural
studies, literary theory, critical theory, communications, new literacy studies, semiotics,
and linguistics to inform the ways we conceptualize classrooms as spaces in which
language and literacy skills develop through situated social spaces.
Howard, E., Sugarman, J., & Christian, D. (2003). Trends in two-way immersion education. A
review of the research. Baltimore, MD: Center for Research on the Education of Students
Placed At Risk (CRESPAR)
Two-way immersion (TWI) is an instructional approach that integrates native English
speakers and native speakers of another language (usually Spanish) and provides
instruction to both groups of students in both languages. While the model has been in
existence in the United States for almost 40 years, the most dramatic growth has been
seen over the past 15 years. Not surprisingly, the recent growth of two-way immersion
education has prompted increasing interest in various aspects of such programs, such as
design and implementation, student outcomes, instructional strategies, cross-cultural
issues, and the attitudes and experiences of students, parents, and teachers involved.
Lesaux, N., & Siegel, L. (2003). The development of reading in children who speak English as a
second language. Developmental Psychology, 39(6), 1005-1019.
This article empirically examined patterns of reading development in native English-
speaking children and children who spoke English as a second language. The findings
demonstrate that a model of early identification and intervention for children at risk is
beneficial fro ESL speakers and also suggest that the effects of bilingualism on the
acquisition of early reading skills are not negative and may be positive.
Lindholm-Leary, K. (2005). Review of research practices on effective features of dual-language
education programs. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.
This review of research and best practices was written to serve as a background and
companion for the document Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, which is
intended to help guide Dual Language Programs with planning and ongoing
implementation. These principles are based on the Dual Language Program Standards
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developed by Dual Language Education of New Mexico (www.duallanguagenm.org).
The companion document can be found at www.cal.org.
López, A. (Ed.) (2005). Latino early literacy development: Strategies for lifelong learning and
success. Washington, DC: National Council of La Raza.
This compendium of papers authored by leading scholars and practitioners in the field of
early childhood education and literacy explores the importance of increasing early
literacy opportunities in the Latino community. This work calls parents, early childhood
educators, and community advocates to engage more deeply in a national dialogue that
promotes reading and language development among Latino children. The expertise,
insight, and suggestions shared in this volume will benefit those who wish to ensure the
educational success of Hispanic Americans.
Martin, P., Houtchens, B., Ramirez, M., & Seidner, M. (2003). High school reform and English-
language learner students: Perspectives from the field. Washington, D.C.: Council of
Chief State School Officers.
This document looks at current high school reform efforts to interface, or not, with ELLs.
Commissioned papers are written by four field practitioners: a classroom teacher, a
school development coordinator, a district representative, and a former director of
ESL/bilingual programs at the state level.
McLaughlin, B. (1995). Fostering second language development in young children: Principles
and practices. Washington, DC: Center for Research on Education, Diversity &
More than one fifth of American school-age children come from families in which
languages other than English are spoken. Many children from such families are limited in
their English proficiency. During the last decade, the number of school children with
limited proficiency in English grew two and a half times faster than regular school
enrollment. Given these changes in classroom demographics, it is imperative that all
teachers have knowledge about second language development and instructional strategies
for developing language proficiency. This report sets down some guidelines for teaching
these children. It summarizes principles and practices that can be derived from current
thinking and research in the field of second language acquisition and culturally sensitive
Moll, L. C., & Gonzales, N. (1994). Lessons from research with language-minority children.
Journal of Reading Behavior, 26(4), 439-456.
The article summarizes four projects that attempt to make use f cultural resources for
instruction. It starts with work done with Latino and African-American households;
work with Haitian children in Boston and their use of collaborative inquiry in the
teaching and learning of science. It also looks at work done with Puerto Rican and
African-American children in New York City. It concludes looking at Navajo student in
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Myhill, W. (2004). The state of public education and the needs of English language learners in
the era of ‗No Child Left Behind‘. The Journal of Gender, Race, & Justice, 8(2), 393-447.
This journal article reviews the history of education policy for ELL in the U.S., the
presently persisting need of bilingual services in public schools, present politics and
legislative actions regarding language-use in public school instruction, and the present
state of academic achievement outcomes for ELL.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) (2005). Screening and
assessment of young English-language learners: Supplement to the NAEYC position
statement on early childhood curriculum, assessment and program evaluation.
Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The aim of this document, which was requested by experts in the field, is to explain and
expand on the meaning of "linguistically and culturally responsive"; to discuss other
issues uniquely related to the screening and assessment of young English-language
learners; and to make specific recommendations to increase the probability that all young
English-language learners will have the benefit of appropriate, effective assessment of
their learning and development.
Oller, D.K. & Eilers, R. (2002) Language and literacy in bilingual children. Clevedon, UK:
Language and Literacy in bilingual children sets a high standard of rigor and scientific
approach to the study of bilingualism and provides new insights regarding the critical
issues of theory and practice, including the interdependence of linguistic knowledge in
bilinguals, the role of socio-economic status , the effect of different language usage
patterns in the home, and the role of schooling by single-language immersion as opposed
to systemic training in both home and target language.
rd ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. Ovando, C., Collier, V., & Combs, M. (2003). Bilingual and ESL classrooms: Teaching in In this book, authors argue that it is the responsibility of all educators, not just specialists, multicultural contexts, 3to prepare themselves to work with ever-increasing language minority student population.
This time-tested classic text (not an edited volume) integrates theory and practice and
provides comprehensive coverage of bilingual and ESL issues. The text integrates the
fields of ESL, bilingual, and multicultural education and provides rich examples of
effective practices and their underlying research knowledge base. New to this edition are
chapters on authentic assessment and special needs.
Reese, L., Saunders, W., & Goldenberg, C. (2004). Language use among families in three types
of school programs for Spanish-speaking English learners. Paper presented at American
Educational Research Association annual meeting, April 13, 2004, San Diego, CA.
This paper examines ways in which community characteristics impact families‘ language
use and experiences in both L1 and L2 in ways that may also influence children‘s
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Rincones, R., Tinajero, J., & Dow, P. (2004). Teachers’ and principals’ perceptions on dual
language acquisition in a Texas school district in the U.S.-Mexico border. Paper
presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference, April 13,
2004, San Diego, CA.
The purpose of this study was to gain understanding on how the perceptions of teachers
and school administrators on dual language acquisition have changed since the
implementation of two-way dual language/developmental bilingual education six years
ago. This study is a byproduct of the evaluation of this program being implemented in a
Texas school district locates on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Rodriguez, J.L., Duran, D., Diaz, R.M., & Espinosa, L. (1995). The impact of bilingual
preschool education on the language development of Spanish-speaking
children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 10, 475-490
This study addressed the question of what effect bilingual preschool education has
on the Spanish and English language development of Spanish speaking children.
This question was addressed by measuring the language proficiency of children
enrolled in a bilingual preschool program and children who stay at home during the
Rolstad, K., Mahoney, K., & Glass, G. (2005). The big picture: A meta-analysis of program
effectiveness research on English language learners. Educational Policy, 19(4), 572–594.
This article presents a meta-analysis of program effectiveness research on English
language learners. It is shown that bilingual education is consistently superior to all-
English approaches, and that developmental bilingual education programs are superior to
transitional bilingual education programs. It is concluded that bilingual education
programs are effective in promoting academic achievement, and that sound educational
policy should permit and even encourage the development and implementation of
bilingual education programs.
Santos, M. (2004). Raising the achievement for English-language learners: How principals are
working to make a difference. Harvard Education Letter, 20(2), 6- 8.
This article elaborates on the role of school principals in leading their schools to help
English-language learning (ELL) students to succeed. Specifically, this article provides
examples of and suggestions for principals that serve ELL students, a fast growing
segment of U.S. schools (K-12).
Scheffner Hammer, C., Miccio, A. & Rodriguez, B. (2004). Bilingual language acquisition and
the child socialization process. In B. Goldstein‘s (Ed.), Bilingual language development
and disorders in Spanish-English speakers. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks.
This chapter addresses the research in the area of language acquisition and social-cultural
factors affecting language acquisition of Spanish-English bilingual populations living in
the US, and this information with a few recent studies.
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Scheffner Hammer, C., Miccio, A., & Wagstaff, D. (2003). Home literacy experiences and their
relationship to bilingual preschoolers‘ developing English literacy abilities: An initial
investigation. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 34, 20-30.
This study investigates the relationship between home literacy experiences and bilingual
preschoolers‘ early literacy outcomes. Forty-three Puerto Rican mother-child dyads were
recruited from Head Start programs in central Pennsylvania and were grouped according
to whether the child had learned Spanish and English simultaneously or sequentially.
Slavin, R. & Cheung, A. (2003). Effective reading programs for English language learners: A
best evidence synthesis. Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At
Risk, The Johns Hopkins University.
This report reviews experimental studies of reading programs for English language
learners, focusing both on comparisons of bilingual and English-only programs and on
specific, replicable models that have been evaluated with English language learners. The
review method is best-evidence synthesis, which uses a systematic literature search,
quantification of outcomes as effects sizes, and extensive discussion of individual studies
that meet inclusion standards. The review concludes that while the number of high-
quality studies is small, existing evidence favors bilingual approaches, especially paired
bilingual strategies that teach reading in the native language and English at the same time.
Slavin, R. E. & Chung, A. A. (2004). Effective Reading Programs for English Language
Learners. In O. Saracho & B. Spodek (Eds.), Contemporary perspectives on language
policy and literacy instruction in early childhood education. Information Age Publishing.
This chapter reviews quantitative, experimental-control comparisons evaluating early
reading programs for ELL. Fifteen studies met the criteria of inclusion. Among these, a
broad array of approaches were found to accelerate the reading performance of ELL, both
in English and in their home language, usually Spanish.
Vialpando, J., Linse, C., & Yedlin, J. (2005). Educating English Language Learners:
Understanding and Using Assessment. Washington: DC: National Council of La Raza.
This article provides information and resources relevant to operators, teachers, and
teacher trainers on the development of an effective assessment program for schools
serving English language learners. NCLB assessment administration requirements,
bilingual educational resources, web resources, and scenarios for professional
development are offered.
WestEd (2004). A framework for teaching English learners. R & D Alert, 6(3). A publication of
This report focuses on some of the challenges and opportunities that educators face in
trying to better serve English learners. Highlighted is a new framework for teaching
English learners that is a central component of a large-scale professional development
initiative in New York City led by WestEd's Aída Walqui. The framework identifies
specific instructional approaches that teachers can offer to help English learners excel.
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Winsler, A., Diaz, R.M., Espinosa, L., & Rodriguez, J. L. (1999). When learning a second
language does not mean losing the first: Bilingual language development in low-income,
Spanish-speaking children attending bilingual preschool. Child Development, 70(2), 349-
This article discusses two investigations which explored the bilingual language
development outcomes of comparable groups of low-income, Spanish-speaking, Mexican
American children who either did or did not attended a bilingual (Spanish/English)
preschool. Results are discussed in terms of the need for more systematic research to be
conducted in this area to inform policy and practice in the early education and
development of language-minority children.
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