At a recent regional event for the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE), our founder and president, Maya Valencia Goodall, offered a workshop that caught the attention of a journalist for ENLACE, the Spanish branch of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Maya was interviewed and the article made the front page of the January 10th, 2015 edition of ENLACE.
The article focuses on one of the foundational themes of Teaching English Materials (soon to be Lingual Learning): oral language. Maya has been advocating that students do more talking in the classroom for years (hence the basic format of our curriculum), and the concept is finally gaining traction, in no small part thanks to the Common Core. The Common Core promotes the goals of providing explanation and supporting one’s argument, especially in writing, but, the article quotes Maya, “The fundamentals of reading and writing are speaking and listening, and focusing on verbal language prepares for future success in those areas.”
The article is rounded out with the experiences of parents that participated in Maya’s workshop, which included one mother who encourages her children to practice describing their homework, process, and learning objectives in the home language as a means of cultivating bilingualism, and another that works to inject as much conversation as possible into student reading groups when she volunteers at school.
You can read the full article (in Spanish) here.