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Breaking Down the Monolingual Wall: Essential Shifts for Multilingual Learners’ Success

Co-authored by Sydney Snyder, PhD

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It’s time to set the record straight: Multilingualism is a tremendous asset that must be nurtured and valued and the most effective pathway to multilingualism is dual language education. Despite significant evidence attesting to the cognitive, social/emotional, and economic benefits of multilingualism, the majority of our classrooms and schools are monolingual.

Encouragingly, recent shifts in state policies have increased the demand for dual language programming in our schools. This increased momentum brings new challenges, including the need for more bilingually authorized teachers, high-quality instructional resources, and accurate assessment and accountability in the target languages of instruction. With contributions from ten experts in multilingual education, Breaking Down the Monolingual Wall outlines the systemic and pedagogical approaches necessary for successful multilingual and dual language programs. The book supports educators to:

  •      + Shift the paradigm from one that is subtractive and deficit-based to one that is additive and assets-based
  •      + Embed culturally and linguistically sustaining practices in their instruction
  •      + Understand how to promote multilingualism in the context of teaching academic content
  •      + Develop assessments as, for, and of learning in multiple languages.
  •      + Lead high-quality dual language schools and programs
  •      + Recruit and retain highly qualified bilingual educators

Offering a comprehensive overview of bilingual policies and historical context all educators should understand, Breaking Down the Monolingual Wall is an invaluable guide to creating dual language learning environments that build on the precious assets of our multilingual students and families.

Chapter 1: From Subtractive Schooling Models to Dual Language Models that Lead to Linguistic and Cultural Equity

Chapter 2: From Culturally and Linguistically Subtractive to Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Pedagogy

Chapter 3: From One Language to Biliteracy and Content in Two Languages 

Chapter 4: From Monolingual Assessment to Assessment in Multiple Languages

Chapter 5: From Educator Collaboration in a Monolingual Setting to Collaboration in a Dual Language Setting

Chapter 6: From Leading a Monolingual Program to Leading a Dual Language Program

Chapter 7: From "One Size Fits All" Workshops to Job-Embedded Professional Learning for Dual Language Teachers

Chapter 8: From Monolingual Policies to Dual Language Policies

Sydney-Snyder-PhD_SupportEdSydney Snyder, PhD, is a principal associate at SupportEd. In this role, Dr. Snyder coaches ML educators and develops and facilitates interactive professional development for teachers of MLs. She also works with the SupportEd team to offer technical assistance to school districts and educational organizations. Dr. Snyder has extensive instructional experience and has worked in the field of English language development (ELD) for over 25 years. She started her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. This experience ignited her passion for language teaching, culturally responsive instruction, and ML advocacy. Dr. Snyder is co-author of Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for Equity and contributing author to Breaking Down the Monolingual Wall. She served as an English Teaching Fellow at Gadja Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She earned her Ph.D. in Multilingual/Multicultural Education at George Mason University and her M.A.T in TESOL at the School for International Training.

All co-authors include: Ivannia SotoSydney SnyderMargarita Espino CalderonMargo GottliebAndrea HonigsfeldJoan LachanceMarga MarshallDavid NungarayRubí FloresLyn Scott

ISBN: 9781071895535

Release Date: October 2023

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Corwin

Format: Paperback

Grade Level: PreK-12

Language: English

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