Literacy Instruction for Emerging Bilinguals: Language Development, Language Arts, or Both?

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Teachers everywhere recognize the importance of both language development and language arts skills for their students. As our nation’s bilingual population grows, how can we ensure we’re providing the right opportunities for both, particularly within literacy instruction and as it applies to emerging bilingual/English learner students?

In this webinar, you’ll hear from three bilingual educators who themselves have navigated the challenges of integrating language development and language arts standards and strategies into their instruction. From them, you’ll learn:

  • How to connect language development and language arts standards to leverage students’ existing linguistic practices
  • How to select authentic texts, ensuring that meaning is always front and center
  • How to support students at different levels of language development and within different grade levels—including high school


Doris LinvilleDoris Chávez-Linville
Director of Linguistic and Culturally Diverse Innovation

Doris Chávez-Linville advocates for the best tools in the marketplace to support and uplift linguistically and culturally marginalized student populations. She is a former bilingual and migrant education teacher, and she is currently a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Carol Johnson

Dr. Carol Johnson
International Education Officer

Carol Johnson is a bilingual educator who holds a PhD in second language acquisition and teaching, specializing in how people learn second languages.

Amy Patnoe

Amy Patnoe
Go-to-Market Readiness Lead—Literacy

Amy Patnoe has over a decade of experience in literacy and language practices, having served as a dual language teacher, instructional coach, and district program facilitator for dual language and English learner programs. She is currently a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University.