Bilingual Education and Teaching.

Group Contract

Winter 2000 Syllabus

Faculty: Evelia Romano Thuesen. Sem. 3113, ext # 6434, e-mail: romanoe
Library Faculty: Ernestine Kimbro. Lib. 2300L, ext # 6258, e-mail: kimbroe
Secretary: Julie Douglas. Sem. 3127,ext # 6550, e-mail: douglasj

Course Description     Written Assingments     Reading List       Week by Week

Course description

During the first half of winter quarter we will explore historical and political issues related to bilingual education and teaching in the following order: historical overview of bilingual education in the U.S., politics of bilingual education and related policy, and the debate English only vs. English plus. During the second half of the quarter we will resume our studies of bilingual education theory and practice by focusing on different examples of bilingual literacy developments and the actual implementation of bilingual education programs.


During this quarter each student enrolled in the workshop will be required to do a minimum of 35 hours of community work  in elementary schools, high schools, etc. Their work will consist of participating in different second or foreign language instruction settings under the direct supervision of the corresponding teachers and instructors. Students will keep records of all their activities in their notebooks and report to their peers in our weekly meetings. Each student will be in charge of at least one session in which she/he will present his/her experience along with some articles or book chapters addressing the problems and challenges they are facing in the classroom.


During the first half of seminar, students will be in charge of presenting the week’s readings and leading the discussion around principal concepts. Students in charge of presentations are expected to research the theme for achieving a thorough understanding of the material and providing more material for discussion. The second half of seminar will focus on the analysis of the readings, enriched by the information provided in lectures and seminar discussion.
Seminar presentations and students’ participation in discussion are important requirements for receiving full credit.

Written assignments

Credit, evaluation and conferences

All the activities mentioned above are absolutely required in order to receive full credit. Incomplete assignments and work performed at a poor level will not be awarded credit. BET is an upper division program, however upper division credit will only be awarded to students whose work demonstrates learning at an advanced level. Credits will be awarded in bilingual education theory, policy and history, and teaching methodology. I will schedule individual conferences with students during week seven to discuss their performance and final projects. Evaluations and conferences at the end of winter quarter will be required.

If students have problems with any aspect of the program’s contents or activities, it is their responsibility to contact the faculty immediately in order to face difficulties squarely instead of letting them worsen.

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A typical week

                      TUESDAY                           THURSDAY
                       9:30 - 12:00 
                  Seminar   L. 3402 

                           9:00 - 11:00
                 Lecture.  Lecture Hall 4
                            11:00 - 12:30
                    Research Project
                              L. 2219
                        PM                          2:30 - 2:30
                 Workshop  SE 3151


NOTE: Advanced Spanish will be taught Tuesday after 3 PM and Thursday afternoon.

Reading List:

Ada, Alma Flor.  "The Pajaro Valley Experience". Minority Education: From Shame to Struggle.
     Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Jim Cummins, eds.  Philadelphia: Multilingual Matters Ltd.,
     1988. 223-238.
Campos, Jim and H. Robert Keatinge.  "The Carpinteria Language Minority Student Experience.
     From Theory, to Practice, to Success". Minority Education: From Shame to Struggle.
     Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Jim Cummins, eds.  Philadelphia: Multilingual Matters Ltd.,
     1988. 299-307.
Collier, Virginia.  "Acquiring a Second Language for School". Directions in Language and  Education.
    NCBE 1.4, Fall 1995.
Crawford, James, ed.  Language Loyalties. A Source Book on the Official English Controversy.
      Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1992.
Cummins, Jim.  Negotiating Identities: Education for Empowerment in a Diverse Society.
    Ontario, CA: CABE, 1996.
Curtis, Jan.  "Parents, Schools and Racism. Bilingual Education in a Northern California Town".
     Minority Education: From Shame to Struggle.  Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Jim Cummins,
     eds.  Philadelphia: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 1988. 278-298.
De Villar, Robert, Christian J. Faltis and James Cummins, eds. Cultural Diversity in Schools.
     From Rhetoric to Practice.  New York: State University of New York Press, 1994. 1-
Fishman, Joshua. "Language Policy: Past, Present, Future.". Language in the USA.Charles A.
     Ferguson and Shirley Brice Heath, eds.  Cambridge, London, New York: Cambridge
     University Press, 1981. 516-526.
Freeman, David and Yvonne Freeman.  Between Worlds. Access to Second Language Acquisition.
    Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann,  1994. Chapters 9, 10 and 11.
Gersten, Russell and John Woodward.  "A Case for Structured Immersion". Educational  Leadership
    43.1, (September 1985) : 75-79.
---.  "Response to Santiago". Educational Leadership  43.1, (September 1985) : 83-84.
Heath, Shirley Brice.  "English in Our Language Heritage". Language in the USA.  Charles A.
     Ferguson and Shirley Brice Heath, eds.  Cambridge, London, New York: Cambridge
     University Press, 1981. 6-20.
Igoa, Cristina.  The Inner World of the Immigrant Child.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
Lemberger, Nancy.  Bilingual Education: Teacher's Narratives. Mahwah, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum
    Associates, 1997.
McKay, Sandra Lee.  Agendas for Second Language Literacy.  New York: Cambridge University
    Press, 1993.
Mc. Laughlin, Barry and Beverly McLeod.  "Educating All Our Students: Improving Education for
    Children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds". First Report of theNational
    Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and second Language Learning. Vol.1.  University of
    California, Santa Cruz. June 1996.
Miramontes, Ofelia B., Adel Nadeau and Nancy L. Commins.  Restructuring Schools for Linguistic
    Diversity. Linking Decision Making to Effective Programs. New York and London: Teachers
    College Press,  1997.
Rodríguez, Arnulfo.  Bilingualim Through Schooling: Cross-Cultural Education for Minority and
     Majority Students.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 1985. Chapter 10.
Santiago, Ramón L. "Understanding Bilingual Education - or The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing".
     Educational Leadership  43.1, (September 1985) : 79- 83.
Stairs, Arlene.  "Beyond Cultural Inclusion. An Inuit Example of Indigenous Educational Development".
    Minority Education: From Shame to Struggle.Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Jim Cummins, eds.
    Philadelphia: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 1988. 308-325.
Stein, Colman Brez, Jr.  Sink or Swim. The Politics of Bilingual Education.  New York: Praeger,  1986.
Thomas, W. P. and Virginia Collier.  "School Effectiveness for Language Minority Students".  NCBE 9,
    December 1997.
Tollefson, James W.  Planning Language, Planning Inequality. Language policy in the  community.
    London and New York: Logman, 1991. Chapters 1, 5 and 8.

Supplementary Readings

Cummins, Jim.  Empowering Minority Students.  Sacramento: CABE, 1989.
Donato, Richard and Robert M. Terry.  Foreign Language Learning: The Journey of a Lifetime.
     Illinois: National Textbook Company, 1995.
Hirsch, E.D., Jr.  Cultural Literacy. What Every American Needs to Know.  New York: Random
     House, 1988.
Mercado, Carmen and Migdalia Romero.  "Assessment of Students in Bilingual Education".
     Bilingual Education. Politics, Practice, Research.  Beatriz Arias and Ursula Casanova, eds.
    Chicago: National Society for the Study of Education, 1993. 145-170..
Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove, and Robert Phillipson.  "Wanted! Linguistic Human Rights".  Rolig
   Papir 44.  Roskilde, Denmark: Roskilde University Center, 1989.
Vásquez, Olga A.  "A look at Language as a Resource: Lessons from La Clase Mágica".
    Bilingual Education. Politics, Practice, Research. Beatriz Arias and Ursula Casanova, eds. Chicago:
    National Society for the Study of Education, 1993. 211-224.

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Week 1

Tuesday, January 4

Seminar: Heath, S.B., "English in Our Language Heritage".
     Fishman, J., "Language Policy: Past, Present , and Future".
     Tollefson, James W.  Planning Language, Planning Inequality:  Chapters 1 & 8.
Workshop: Introduction and schedule arrangements. Some general consideration about
      language teaching

Thursday, January 6

Lecture: Bilingual Education Constituents. Introduction to bilingual education history and policy.

 Project preparation: Update on research developments and bibliography

Week 2

Tuesday, January 11

Seminar: Stein, C.B. JR. Sink or Swim.
     Crawford, J. Language Loyalties: Part I
Workshop: Guest lecture: Internship possibilities for spring quarter.
         Methodology and the Classroom. Preparation of bibliography.

Thursday, January 13

Guest Lecture by Cheri Lucas-Jennings: "Legal Structure of the Educational

List of objectives and activities for workshop due on Tuesday, January 11.

Week 3

Tuesday, January 18

Seminar: Crawford, J. Language Loyalties: Parts IV, V, and VI.
Workshop: EFL for adults: EF and South Puget Sound Community College

Thursday, January 20

Lecture:. Language and Nation: One language, One Country? English Only vs. English

Week 4

Tuesday, January  25

Seminar: Cummins, J. Negotiating Identities.
     Crawford, J.Language Loyalties: Part  II and III
Workshop: ESL for adults: Mason County Literacy, Cielo Project and Centralia. Correctional Education.

Thursday, January 27

Guest Lecture by Silvia Reyna, OSPI: "Migrant Education."

Week 5

Tuesday, February 1

Seminar: McKay. Agendas for Second Language Literacy
     Genesee, F. Educating Second Language Children (Chapters 5, 6 & 11).
Workshop: ESL in elementary and middle schools: Chinnok Middle School, Garfield and Centralia..

Thursday, February 3

Lecture: Guest Lecture by Dr. Magda Costantino, Director, Evergreen Center for Educational Improvement: Developing literacy in a second language.

Week 6

Tuesday, February 8

Seminar: Cultural Diversity in Schools. From Rhetoric to Practice: pp. 1-56
     McLaughlin and McLeod: "Educating All Our Students"
    Between Worlds: Chapter 9, 10 and 11.
 Workshop: Deaf Education: Mountain View Elementary.
 Spanish and French as foreign Languages: North Kitsap and Black Hills High Schools.

Thursday, February 10
 Lecture: Multiculturalism and Multicultural Education: Some relevant issues

First draft of research papers due on Friday, February 11.

Week 7

Tuesday, February 15
 Individual meetings with the faculty scheduled throughout the morning and the afternoon.

Thursday, February 17

Seminar: Igoa, Cristina. The Inner World of the Immigrant Child.
  Lemberger, Nancy.  Bilingual Education: Teacher's Narratives

Week 8

Tuesday, February  22
 Seminar: Thomas & Collier.  School Effectiveness for  Language Minority Students
   Genese. Educating Second Language Children (Chapter 9)
   Miramontes. Restructuring Schools for Linguistic Diversity (Chapter 7, 9, 10 & 11)
Workshop: A bilingual classroom: Evergreen Elementary.
        Spanish as a foreign language: McLane, Garfield, Lincoln.

Thursday, February 24

Lecture: Bilingual Education Programs. Implementation and Assessment.

Final version of  research papers due on Friday, February 27.

Week 9

Tuesday. February 29,.Wednesday, March 1, Thursday, March 2, and Friday, March 3
 Field Trip to visit several bilingual programs in Yakima and Pasco Schools. Departure time:
  Tuesday 8 AM. Approximate returning time: Friday at 6:00 PM.

Seminar: Ramirez, Arnulfo.  Bilingualism through Schooling...: Chapter 10.
     Gersten, R. and J. Woodward, "A Case for Structured Immersion"
     Santiago, R., "Understanding Bilingual Education, or the Sheep in Wolf’s  Clothing".
     Mercado, C. and M. Romero, "Assessment of Students in Bilingual Education".

Week 10

Tuesday, March 10
 Students’ presentations of research papers from 9 AM- 3PM

Thursday, March 12
 Students’ presentations of research papers from 9 AM- 3PM

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