Improving Education for English Learners Series, Chapter 6. Webinar date: February 16, 2011.
Presenters: Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Professor in the College of Education, San José State University, and Fred Genesee, Professor in the Psychology Department at McGill University in Montréal.
Event-related resources (e.g., PDF of presentation, etc.): wested.box.com/s/axuh6nnzysvzpkysdsjf.

In this archived webinar, the presenters discuss dual language programs for English learners; that is, programs that use both English and another language to teach oral and written language as well as academic content. After briefly describing these models, they explore the importance of oral language skills, and the influence of native language oral and literacy skills for the development of English literacy skills. Genesee and Lindholm-Leary then reflect on research findings on English learners’ academic achievement in dual language programs and on the influence of certain learner or school characteristics on student outcomes. The presenters discuss issues of program implementation and will share examples from the field to illustrate their discussion.

This webinar series is co-sponsored by SchoolsMovingUp and the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd in collaboration with the California Department of Education. In this webinar series, the authors of Improving Education for English Learners: Research-Based Approaches, which was published by the California Department of Education in July 2010, present on specific chapters in the book.

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