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, and in bilingual teacher preparation and professional development programs. Classroom teachers, teacher educators, and conversation assistants will find the information from this conference essential to their work as bilingual educators.
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.
In 1996 the Council of Europe introduced the term CLIL, a description of a methodology already used in countries such as Canada, US, Finland or Norway. Since 2003, the European nations unified efforts to achieve plurilingualism that would improve education and employment. In Spain, with the new law of education of 2006 one foreign language started to be taught in first year of primary education 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. Consequently, this conference will disseminate powerful strategies in content instruction that are linked to research in bilingual education and instruction in second language development.