Best Practices in Bilingual Teaching Symposium

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Best Practices in Bilingual Teaching Symposium

Texas A&M International University College of Education will host a symposium promoting Best Practices in Bilingual Teaching Friday, Sept. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at the TAMIU Student Center.

Dr. Elena Izquierdo, chair for the department of teacher education at the University of Texas in El Paso and associate professor in bilingual/ESL education, will be the keynote speaker for the symposium. Dr. Izquierdo served as the principal for the nationally recognized J.F. Oyster Two-Way Dual Language School and Director for Language Minority Affairs in Washington, D.C. public schools, and state chair and co-author of the bilingual Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum.

The symposium, which is aimed at district and campus administrators, elementary and secondary teachers, and coordinators and curriculum directors, aims to assist teachers in the implementation of strategies and best practices in bilingual education with an emphasis on dual language programs. With these tools, educators will be able to better provide equal education opportunities to all students, meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse student population, eliminate the achievement gap between English and Spanish-speaking children, and promote bilingualism, biliteracy and biculture.

Teachers and University faculty will provide real classroom techniques, practices and hands-on activities for successful instruction in both languages.

Best Practices in Bilingual Teaching is being sponsored by TAMIU’s College of Education, Pre K – 16 Educational Improvement Consortium (PEIC) and Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Institute of Second Language Acquisition (ISLA).

For more information, please contact Gloria Flores, PEIC Director at gflores@tamiu.edu, 326.2422 or visit offices in Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 415B.

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