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Due to the capitalist influences in academia, some of the articles presented below are reserved for paying customers only (i.e. persons paying academic institutions with access to scholarly journals).  If any articles piques your interest and is inaccessible due to academic subscription walls, feel free to email me and I can send you a copy of the PDF for educational purposes only.

  1. Misconceptions About Teaching English Language Learners by Harper and de Jong
    1. Misconceptions and generalizations do a lot of harm when it comes to Emergent Bilinguals (EBs).  Many mainstream teachers are unaware of the difficulties and assets EBs bring to the classroom community.  This article debunks four misconceptions and analyzes how the misconceptions harm students and what can be done to foster translanguaging environments. (May
  2. Children of Immigration by Suarez-Orozco and Suarez-Orozco
    1. This piece analyzes the data and trends of immigration and education.  The results are astonishing, and highlight the importance of culturally-sustaining practices in the classroom.  It examines the experience of the immigrant student and first-generation student as well as the federal policies that have shaped education in the US.
  3. Honoring and Building on the Rich Literacy Practices of Young Bilingual and Multilingual Learners by Souto-Manning
    1. Souto-Manning reminds us that education is human right and should be approached with criticality and care.  The history of education in the United States is problematic and the current atmosphere calls for conscientious reflection, informed decisions, and culturally relevant teaching in order to empower students.  This is the best article highlighted on this page.
  4. Writing Effective Learning Objectives by Hall
    1. This is a more technical piece regarding sound pedagogies, but it is vital information in formulating lesson objectives.  Although teaching EBs is more than sound pedagogy, that’s not to say sound pedagogies need be ignored.
  5. Whose English Counts? Native Speakers as English Language Learners by Grill
    1. Jennifer Grill writes on the prejudice against African American English and how dialects in the US education system are often stigmatized at best and banned at worst.  Forbidding a person to speak as they naturally speak is a form of genocide.  Remember that.  Jennifer Grill provides some less harsh criticisms and ideas for dialect-sustaining activities.

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