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Table Of Contents For Volume 9 Oct 2019

Table Of Contents For Volume 9

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

Table of Contents for Journal of Multilingual Education Research, Volume 9, 2019. Special Issue: The Power of Voice: Contributions of Ofelia García to Language Education.


Jmer Vol. 9: The Power Of Voice: Contributions Of Ofelia García To Language Education Oct 2019

Jmer Vol. 9: The Power Of Voice: Contributions Of Ofelia García To Language Education

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

This special issue of The Journal of Multilingual Education Research is a tribute to Ofelia García as a scholar and as a mentor. Dr. García has made 'translanguaging' famous throughout the world. The fifteen articles in this issue reflect her impact on translanguaging.


Ofelia García: A Transformative Thinker And Leader, Cecilia M. Espinosa Oct 2019

Ofelia García: A Transformative Thinker And Leader, Cecilia M. Espinosa

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

In this essay, I describe the ways in which Ofelia García's work influenced the field of bilingual education and multilingualism, as well as my thinking over the years as a bilingual educator. Dr. García has been a model of what it means to be an intellectual who is deeply connected to the importance of engaging in transformative theoretical ideas. Her ideas, in turn, have proven to have profound implications for pedagogy that impacts the education of emergent bilinguals. Her work is deeply grounded in understandings about language and language development as it exists in the world. Her perspective is ...


Pushing The Field & Practice: Ofelia García’S Reflective And Responsive Approach To Educational Innovation, Laura Ascenzi-Moreno, Sara Vogel Oct 2019

Pushing The Field & Practice: Ofelia García’S Reflective And Responsive Approach To Educational Innovation, Laura Ascenzi-Moreno, Sara Vogel

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

Ofelia García’s vision for educational equity for emergent bilinguals has always put children and their agency within social contexts at its heart. This essay draws upon Ofelia’s own writing and the experiences of the authors -- a current and a former student of hers -- to explore how centering people’s dynamic bilingual practices has been a source of innovation for bilingual education theory and practice.


Trans + Languaging: Beyond Dual Language Bilingual Education, Cristian R. Solorza Oct 2019

Trans + Languaging: Beyond Dual Language Bilingual Education, Cristian R. Solorza

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

Ofelia García calls for a re-imagining of bilingual education by challenging how teachers conceptualize, facilitate, and listen to language use in classrooms. Educators attempt to legitimize students' authentic, fluid, and dynamic language practices through translanguaging, but non-standard named language varieties are still marginalized in classrooms. Using the prefix trans+, García pushes us to look beyond bilingual education to critically challenge hegemonic language ideologies and to break from the monoglossic status quo within dual language bilingual education. Bilingual educators are tasked with envisioning language pedagogies that keep our emergent bilingual students whole, as they learn to leverage and expand their ...


Critical Research With An Eye On Monday Morning: La Investigación Comprometida De Ofelia García, Guadalupe Valdés Oct 2019

Critical Research With An Eye On Monday Morning: La Investigación Comprometida De Ofelia García, Guadalupe Valdés

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

This essay by Guadalupe Valdés reflects on the influence of Ofelia García on her own experiences and as well as on the field of bilingual education. As a reader, educator, and researcher concerning emergent bilingual children, the author shares many of the same challenges. She expresses her deep felt sense of gratitude for what Ofelia García has done for the profession, for teachers, and for children.


The Emergence Of Translanguaging Pedagogy: A Dialogue Between Theory And Practice, Jim Cummins Oct 2019

The Emergence Of Translanguaging Pedagogy: A Dialogue Between Theory And Practice, Jim Cummins

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

My goal in this paper is to contribute to the process of bringing practice and theory into active dialogue. Initially, I review some early instructional examples of crosslinguistic pedagogy involving emergent bilingual students. I then focus on more recent examples from the Canadian context that illustrate the emerging role of classroom teachers as knowledge-generators. Through their practice, these educators have challenged the assumption that schools serving multilingual students have no option but to be English-only zones. Finally, I explore some of the ways in which these instructional innovations illuminate theoretical understandings of translanguaging and crosslinguistic pedagogy more generally.


Ofelia García And The Cuny-Nysieb Community: Symbiosis In Furthering Translanguaging Pedagogy And Practice, Maite T. Sánchez, Kate Menken Oct 2019

Ofelia García And The Cuny-Nysieb Community: Symbiosis In Furthering Translanguaging Pedagogy And Practice, Maite T. Sánchez, Kate Menken

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

Ofelia García’s scholarship on dynamic bilingualism and translanguaging has been at the core of CUNY-NYSIEB. At the same time, CUNY-NYSIEB’s work in schools has furthered her own scholarship on translanguaging pedagogy and that of the field as a whole. It is this rich symbiosis that we describe in this article.


Notes On Contributors To This Volume Oct 2019

Notes On Contributors To This Volume

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

Notes on Contributing Authors to Volume 9 of the Journal of Multilingual Education Research.


Jmer Description & Guidelines For Submission Oct 2019

Jmer Description & Guidelines For Submission

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

No abstract provided.


Minority Languages, National State Languages, And English In Europe: Multilingual Education In The Basque Country And Friesland, Jasone Cenoz, Durk Gorter Oct 2019

Minority Languages, National State Languages, And English In Europe: Multilingual Education In The Basque Country And Friesland, Jasone Cenoz, Durk Gorter

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

This article focuses on minority languages in education in Europe in contexts where they are in contact with national state languages and English. Teaching minority language implies bilingual education because it is not about replacing the majority language, but to come ‘alongside’ or at ‘equal footing’. The cases of Basque and Frisian, comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences, are analyzed. Schools in these regions desire to go beyond bilingualism and to promote multilingualism as an important aim in education. The contribution of Ofelia García’s work to research in these contexts is discussed.


A Tribute To Ofelia García, Colin Baker Oct 2019

A Tribute To Ofelia García, Colin Baker

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

As a tribute to Ofelia García, I describe five events in my life that were influenced by our meetings and collaboration. These events span the years of our first meeting in 1992 through my role to introduce Dr. García before her Keynote Address at a Bilingual Education & Translanguaging Conference in 2016.


Top Ten Lessons Learned From Ofelia García: Researching, Teaching And Living From The Heart, Tatyana Kleyn, Kate Seltzer Oct 2019

Top Ten Lessons Learned From Ofelia García: Researching, Teaching And Living From The Heart, Tatyana Kleyn, Kate Seltzer

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

For nearly forty years, the work of Dr. Ofelia García has steered not only the field of bilingual education, but also Spanish language education, teaching English to speakers of other languages, and sociolinguistics. As our professor, mentor, colleague, and friend, Dr. García has taught us many powerful lessons. Here, we describe ten of these, including some pertaining to academic and theoretical contributions, as well as some related to advocacy work in multilingualism. We conclude by describing the impact she has had on diverse academic fields through the CUNY-NYSIEB research project, in which she has mobilized her passions to promote educational ...


Ofelia García: A True Pioneer And Leader In Bilingual Education, Danling Fu Oct 2019

Ofelia García: A True Pioneer And Leader In Bilingual Education, Danling Fu

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

This article traces my growth as a bilingual educator: how Ofelia García’s work has educated, humbled, and enlightened me. In this tribute to her retirement, I will focus my discussion on a few of Ofelia García’s publications that have had a great impact on me as a scholar. With her work I will examine my own scholarship development, which demonstrates my growth conceptually as a scholar in bilingualism and a teacher educator in bilingual education.


Translanguaging Into Raciolinguistic Ideologies: A Personal Reflection On The Legacy Of Ofelia García, Nelson L. Flores Oct 2019

Translanguaging Into Raciolinguistic Ideologies: A Personal Reflection On The Legacy Of Ofelia García, Nelson L. Flores

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

The term translanguaging has received a great deal of attention in recent years in applied linguistics. Originally coined to describe a bilingual pedagogical approach Ofelia García extended the definition to encompass the multiple discursive practices of bilingual communities. This broader definition has been taken up in many different ways by scholars seeking to challenge dominant conceptualizations of bi/multilingualism. In this article, I describe the ways that translanguaging offered me a point of entry for better understanding my own experiences as a US Latino. In addition, I discuss how it has equipped me with theoretical tools for speaking back to ...


Book Review: Translanguaging At Work: Approaches To Dynamic Bilingualism, Meral Kaya Oct 2019

Book Review: Translanguaging At Work: Approaches To Dynamic Bilingualism, Meral Kaya

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

Book Reviewed:

García, O., Johnson, S. I., & Seltzer, K. (2017). The Translanguaging Classroom: Leveraging Student Bilingualism for Learning. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon, Inc., 196 pages, ISBN978-1-934000-19-9 (Softcover: $ 39.95.); ISBN978-1-934000-19-9 (eText: $29.95-$36.95 depending on days used).


Reflections On Language And Identity: Ofelia García's Impact On One Latina's Academic Trajectory And Scholarship, Dina López Oct 2019

Reflections On Language And Identity: Ofelia García's Impact On One Latina's Academic Trajectory And Scholarship, Dina López

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

This essay shares my own personal story of how—as a first-generation Latina academic—working with Ofelia García transformed my sense of self and trajectory as a scholar working with issues of language, identity, and education. Weaving personal anecdotes throughout, I trace the evolution of my thinking and research with a focus on the concepts of heteroglossic language ideologies, dynamic bilingualism, and translanguaging. I conclude the essay by reflecting on the importance and implications of first-generation Latina academics receiving mentorship from senior Latina scholars.


Ofelia García: A Visionary Thinker, Christine Hélot Oct 2019

Ofelia García: A Visionary Thinker, Christine Hélot

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

As a tribute to Professor Ofelia García’s visionary thinking on bilingual education, this article relates the reflexive journey of a French academic whose research was profoundly influenced by her scholarly work. The notion of power is the running thread through which four main themes in Ofelia García’s approach to research are discussed in relation to their relevance in the French educational context: The power of imagination, the power of naming, the power of multilingual critical language awareness for teacher education, and the power of translanguaging. In this article, I argue in favor of thinking beyond one’s epistemological ...


Ofelia García: A Life Dedicated To Giving Voice, Zoila Morell, Patricia Velasco Oct 2019

Ofelia García: A Life Dedicated To Giving Voice, Zoila Morell, Patricia Velasco

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

No abstract provided.


Developing Language And (Pre)Literacyskills In Deaf Preschoolers Through Shared Reading Activities With Bimodal-Bilingual Ebooks, Gene Mirus, Donna Jo Napoli Jun 2019

Developing Language And (Pre)Literacyskills In Deaf Preschoolers Through Shared Reading Activities With Bimodal-Bilingual Ebooks, Gene Mirus, Donna Jo Napoli

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

Encouraging relaxed and playful interaction over stories naturally fosters language interaction and both preliteracy [hereafter (pre)literacy skills] and literacy without anxiety. Reading for pleasure is valuable for young hearing children – we know that, it is among the most beloved family rituals. In this article we argue that reading for pleasure needs to be recognized as valuable for young deaf children and needs to become a beloved family ritual for them, as well. One way to achieve this is to read ebooks to deaf children in order to advance their communication and other (pre)literacy skills. An exploration of these ...


Book Review: Transnational Immigrant Children & Youth In New York City, Marcela Ossa-Parra Jun 2019

Book Review: Transnational Immigrant Children & Youth In New York City, Marcela Ossa-Parra

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

Book review of Growing Up Transnational: Colombian and Dominican Children of Immigrants in New York City by Débora Upegui-Hernández.


Teachers’ Critical Reflections On Using The Nysed Bilingual Common Core Progressions And Implications And Their Use For The Quality Of Multilingual Learners’ Instruction, Patricia Velasco Jun 2019

Teachers’ Critical Reflections On Using The Nysed Bilingual Common Core Progressions And Implications And Their Use For The Quality Of Multilingual Learners’ Instruction, Patricia Velasco

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

In this article I discuss findings of a qualitative study that explores the insights of a group of teachers about implementation of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Bilingual Common Core Progressions (BCCP). Moreover, I explain teachers' suggestions on best pedagogical practices that could be used in the instruction of multilingual learners when implementing the Next Generation English Language Arts (ELA) Standards. The findings may guide any future revision and implementation of BCCP.


Book Review Introduction: Growing Up Transnational: Colombian And Dominican Children Of Immigrants In New York City, Patricia Velasco Jun 2019

Book Review Introduction: Growing Up Transnational: Colombian And Dominican Children Of Immigrants In New York City, Patricia Velasco

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

In this present issue of JMER, Marcela Ossa Parra is reviewing a book by Upegui-Hernández titled Growing Up Transnational: Colombian and Dominican Children of Immigrants in New York City. Ossa Parra in currently an Assistant Professor in the Bilingual Education Program at Queens College, CUNY. Marcela Ossa Parra is Columbian and she therefore understands the cultural context where many of the participants in Upegui-Hernández’ work have lived.


Necessary Paradigm Shifts In Bilingual Education: Rethinking Assessment In Bilingual Classrooms, Aida A. Nevárez-La Torre Jun 2019

Necessary Paradigm Shifts In Bilingual Education: Rethinking Assessment In Bilingual Classrooms, Aida A. Nevárez-La Torre

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

This is the third and last Editorial in a series on Necessary Paradigm Shifts in Bilingual Education. The initial two editorials focused on Rethinking Language (JMER’s Volume 4, 2013) and the second on Rethinking Multilingual Literacy (JMER’s Volume 5, 2014). The necessary paradigm shift discussed here focuses on the role of assessment in bilingual classrooms and the novel conceptualization of bilingual assessment.


Publication Description & Guidelines For Submission Jun 2019

Publication Description & Guidelines For Submission

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

No abstract provided.


Notes On Contributing Authors Jun 2019

Notes On Contributing Authors

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

Notes on Contributing Authors to Volume 8 of the Journal of Multilingual Education Research.


Portuguese And German Repertoires Perceived By Portuguese Speaking Children In Germany: A Tale Of Two Continua, Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer, Alexandra Fidalgo Schmidt Sep 2018

Portuguese And German Repertoires Perceived By Portuguese Speaking Children In Germany: A Tale Of Two Continua, Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer, Alexandra Fidalgo Schmidt

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

After a theoretical overview of the concept of heritage language (HL) from a plurilingual perspective, we will describe the project “Images on the (teaching of) Portuguese Language abroad”. For this project, several drawings were collected, produced by lusodescendant children living in Germany and attending supplementary Portuguese lessons. We will analyze four tendencies of students’ representations towards Portuguese and German, as well as towards the skills they have developed in those languages. These representations illustrate four profiles of Portuguese Heritage Language (PHL) learners present in the classroom (in terms of motivations, skills, linguistic repertoires, etc.). As conclusions, we will point at ...


Friends With Benefits: Collaboration Between A State University And A School District Designed To Improve Teaching And Learning For Bilingual Students, Elizabeth A. Skinner, Pauline Williams Aug 2018

Friends With Benefits: Collaboration Between A State University And A School District Designed To Improve Teaching And Learning For Bilingual Students, Elizabeth A. Skinner, Pauline Williams

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

This article describes a long-term collaborative effort between a college of education and a public school district in Illinois. As both the district and the Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program at the university sought to improve the teaching and learning for emergent bilingual students, the relationship between the two institutions evolved. The result is a pipeline of teacher candidates, specifically prepared to work in the district’s dual language schools. The article describes the implementation of the federally funded program as well as the challenges encountered over the course of the collaboration.


Journal Of Multilingual Education Research, Volume 7 Nov 2017

Journal Of Multilingual Education Research, Volume 7

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

This file contains the entire publication of volume 7 of the Journal of Multilingual Education Research.


The First Of The Firsts: Leadership And Legislation For Bilingual Preschools In Illinois, Samina Hadi-Tabassum, Idalia Gutiérrez Oct 2017

The First Of The Firsts: Leadership And Legislation For Bilingual Preschools In Illinois, Samina Hadi-Tabassum, Idalia Gutiérrez

Journal of Multilingual Education Research

With the rising numbers of bilingual children, particularly young Latinos, in 2010 Illinois was the first state to pass legislation requiring preschool sites that serve 20 or more emergent bilinguals to offer home language instruction. The purpose of this study was to examine the responses of early childhood directors to the changes required by the 2010 policy through an online survey. The results indicate that the directors do not have a background in bilingual education and are mixed philosophically regarding the benefits of bilingualism—highlighting the silo effect between the discipline of bilingual education and early childhood education. Anxiety and ...