For The Love Of Language Resident blogger: Marisa Gomez

Follow Marisa weekly as she shares research, insight, and strategies for educators working with Second Language Learners.

  • This Old-School Test can Offer New-School Benefits to ELL Teachers

    This Old-School Test can Offer New-School Benefits to ELL Teachers

    Testing. The word has taken on heavy, cultural meaning, hasn’t it? “Standardized testing” and “high-stakes tests” are one phenomenon, obviously, but even at the other end of the spectrum, terms like “formative assessment” and “authentic assessment” are indicators of an entire educational dialogue. That’s why I was surprised to read about one approach to testing […]

  • 7 Ways for Parents to Support Kids with Their Native Language

    7 Ways for Parents to Support Kids with Their Native Language

    When you (like us) believe in native language development AND in the importance of parents to education, it’s clear how intertwined these two factors can be. And yet, immigrant parents are often at a loss for ways to engage with their kids. The number one, keep-it-simple solution is this: Talk to your kids. In this […]

  • Imagine if this weird word was your name.

    Imagine if this weird word was your name.

    When I was a student abroad in Valencia, Spain, I had a classmate named Craig. It’s a common enough name in the U.S., but it’s not a name that transfers seamlessly to Spanish, nor does it have a native equivalent. Everywhere he went, the vowels got their expected measure and were pronounced as in “eye,” […]

  • Equity vs. Equality: Are they opposites, or on a continuum?

    Equity vs. Equality: Are they opposites, or on a continuum?

    When my second son was born eight months ago, I experienced a lot of angst over how to divide my attention between my newborn and his 16-month-old brother. My first son seemed to need so much of me—play time and stimulation, shared reading, language input, nourishment, snuggles, rocking, singing. How would my second son be […]

  • Did you see our new case study?

    Did you see our new case study?

    Two schools in the Anaheim City School District piloted our curriculum, ELD Links, in conjunction with their core ELD curricula, specifically with the goal of reducing the number of students with Intermediate English proficiency. It is often the case that EL students never move beyond Intermediate on standardized tests, thus becoming long-term ELs, a status […]

  • The Top Tip for Parents to Engage in Their Child’s Education

    The Top Tip for Parents to Engage in Their Child’s Education

    There are a lot of articles out there on parental engagement. I, like others before me, believe that education starts in the home, and is most successful when parents and teachers share responsibility for the formation of the child. Communication seems so simple in its basic form, yet cultural difference and the logistics of connecting […]

  • Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Interrupting Cow? No, Interrupting Student.

    Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Interrupting Cow? No, Interrupting Student.

    I find it challenging to interrupt others when they’re talking. I’ve read that it’s a gender thing, and I can see the truth in that–my husband has no problem interrupting me, and when we were first married, I used to let him. Now, sometimes if he interrupts me, I keep talking, and he does too, […]

  • 4 Ways to Get Your ELLs up to Speed

    4 Ways to Get Your ELLs up to Speed

    In the Edutopia post, 4 Strategies to Help ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom, JoyLynn Nesbitt writes that a beginning ELL can virtually become an intermediate ELL in a matter of a few months. We at Lingual Learning have seen the impacts of her tips in our own classrooms, and our curriculum specifically incorporates three of […]

  • Which doll is the nice doll?

    Which doll is the nice doll?

    Yesterday, a video came through my Facebook feed. It had a still image of a blonde girl, with the header, “We’re doing something very wrong.” It got my attention, and I clicked to watch. It contained compiled video footage of children being shown dolls or cartoon children with various skin colors. As the children, also […]

  • Will We See You at CABE 2016?

    Will We See You at CABE 2016?

    If you aren’t a regular attendee of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) annual conference, you are really missing out! Our president, Maya, and VP, Kristie, are always there to represent Lingual Learning, and we find it so energizing to be among colleagues who share our passion for bilingual education. There are quite a […]

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Marisa became interested in language education after ten years of gesture and pantomime with her Italian-speaking, live-in grandparents. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She currently works for the Center for Applied Linguistics as a writer-researcher for the ACCESS for ELLs assessment administered by the WIDA consortium. Her classroom experience spans Montessori kindergarten, dual immersion (Spanish) kindergarten, K-6 pull-out ESL, adult ESL and EFL, and elementary EFL in the ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia. Marisa and her husband use both Spanish and English with their two young sons, with some Italian and Georgian thrown in for good measure.