Science of Reading: The Podcast

S5-E4: What bilingualism can teach us with Dr. Doris Baker

April 06, 2022 Amplify Education Season 5 Episode 4
Science of Reading: The Podcast
S5-E4: What bilingualism can teach us with Dr. Doris Baker
Show Notes

Joining host Susan Lambert, Dr. Doris Baker speaks from her background researching the academic outcomes of English language learners to discuss ways educators can better engage and support all of their students. Dr. Baker emphasizes how much there is to learn about our native language by learning another language, and the many advantages of bilingualism. She then dives into a conversation around codeswitching and the importance of cultural awareness. Dr. Baker also gives listeners practical advice on how to include English language learners in core instruction and highlights how critical it is to provide students with opportunities to engage in sophisticated and deep conversations. Lastly, Dr. Baker outlines how educators can include parents in their children’s language learning by teaching them how, when, and what to read to their kids—in their native language!

Show notes:

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