Evidence-Based Strategies to Support Bilingual Education
in Spain and the US | International Conference | 27-29th January, Salamanca, Spain

Evidence-Based Strategies to Support Bilingual Education in Spain and the US International Conference

27-29th January, Salamanca, Spain

The core of any effective bilingual education program is powerful integration of language and content area instruction in the target language. This conference is one of the first to exclusively focus on evidence-based instructional strategies for immediate use in bilingual classrooms, in bilingual teacher preparation, and in professional development programs. Classroom teachers, teacher educators, and conversation assistants will find the information from this conference essential to their work as bilingual educators.

Spain-US Partnership for Bilingual Education

The partnership between Spain and the United States is a natural one. Since the passage of the Bilingual Education Act in 1968, the US has created a strong record of bilingual education research, program design, and instructional methodology. Furthermore, the majority of U.S. bilingual programs have English and Spanish as their target languages.

Since 2003, the European nations unified efforts to achieve plurilingualism that would improve education and employment. Since 2006 one foreign language started to be taught in first year of primary education in Spain and the number of state bilingual schools increased fast. But teachers had not received a correct professional training. This colossal pursuit is still today in need of a revision. The Council of Europe has actively promoted bilingual education and CLIL, a description of the methodology already used in bilingual education in countries such as first Canada and later US, Finland or The Neatherlands. Consequently, this conference will disseminate powerful strategies in content instruction that are linked to research in bilingual education and instruction in second language development.

Session Types: Workshops and Papers

The Conference is addressed to all professionals involved in bilingual education. The content of the conference targets current research-based strategies that teacher trainers and teachers can use in their classes.

Participants will be able to choose to attend workshops (two-hour, hands-on participatory sessions), or academic paper presentations (one-hour presentations/discussions of research related to bilingual classroom instruction or 20-minute academic presentations).

Both workshops and papers will have as their focus evidence-based instructional strategies such as:

      Transition from EFL to immersion language learning


      Classroom management of content and language learning


      Bilingual teacher preparation


      Classroom discourse and classroom interaction


      Cognitive strategies


      Individual, school, and societal plurilingualism


      Code switching, code mixing, and translanguaging


      Innovation projects


      Quality models such as SIOP & OLE


      Literacy instruction and assessment


      MEC-British Council Programs in Spain


      Effective E-learning


    Attitude patterns

Keynote Speakers

Jim Cummins

Dr. James Cummins is a Professor with the department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto. Dr. Cummins holds a Canada Resarch Chair (Tier 1) and has been a recipient of the International Reading Association’s Albert J. Harris award (1979). He also received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City (1997). In recent years, he has been a co-investigator on a large-scale SSHRC-funded project entitled “From Literacy to Multiliteracies: Designing Learning Environments for Knowledge Generation within the New Economy.” He is currently involved in a project to validate the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Steps to English Proficiency assessment tool. He is also conducting a research review on English Language Learners’ academic trajectories. Dr. Cummins has co-authored several books on literacies in education, and has seen his work translated into Japanese and Spanish.

Nadeen Ruiz

Nadeen Ruiz currently serves as a bilingual teacher educator at the University of California at Davis. She was previously Chair of the Bilingual Multicultural Education Department at California State University Sacramento, and Director of Elementary Education at Stanford University. A recipient of two outstanding teaching awards at Stanford, and one at CSU Sacramento, Dr. Ruiz has over 30 years of experience as a bilingual teacher, teacher educator, and researcher. She is co-founder and co-director of the Optimal Learning Environment (OLE) Project, a research and professional development program that focuses on effective literacy instruction for bilingual students in both general and special education classrooms. Dr. Ruiz received her Master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford University in Language, Literacy and Culture with a Ph.D. minor in linguistics. She is author of numerous books and articles in the area of effective education for Latino students, and is regularly invited to speak on this topic at both national and international venues.

Important Dates

NEW DEADLINE: 30th November, 2016 Deadline of proposals
9th December, 2016 Communication of proposals acceptance
19th December, 2016 Provisional program and web page with instructions to registration and hotel reservation provided
23rd January, 2017 Deadline to register with reduced price
9th of January, 2017 Publication of the final program

The language of the conference will be English.

Dr. M. Eugenia Díaz Sánchez
Director of Master in Bilingual Education
Universidad de Salamanca
Contact: mediaz@usal.escartel 2017 bilinguismo


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