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Thursday, March 21 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Activate Students' Metabilingual Awareness through Spanish-English Cross-Linguistic Connection Strategies

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Bilingual learners' awareness of the differences and similarities between their two languages offers powerful foundations for developing higher levels of bilingualism and biliteracy. Activating this bilingual intersectionality while teaching for transfer involves daily explorations with linguistic elements from each language through formal lessons but also as teachable moments throughout the day. In this session, we will discuss the many benefits of using cross-linguistic connections to build students' metabilingual awareness, bilingualism, and biliteracy. This session begins with a brief contrastive overview of linguistic features of Spanish and English, as well as Spanish language varieties, including Spanish of the US. We then explore a number of instructional strategies that build metabilingual awareness and facilitate Spanish-English cross-linguistic transfer.


Sonia Soltero

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum, DePaul University
Dr. Sonia W. Soltero is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum as well as the Coordinator of the Doctorate Program at DePaul University in Chicago. She is the author of multiple articles, book chapters, guides, and three books: Dual... Read More →

Thursday March 21, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Hyatt Regency Long Beach - Seaview B