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About the author:
Sharon Adelman Reyes is program director for DiversityLearningK12, a consulting and professional development group based in Portland, OR, that specializes in the education of English language learners.
She holds a Ph.D. in curriculum design from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialized in multicultural and bilingual education. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, she has worked as a teacher, principal, curriculum specialist, district administrator, university professor, and educational researcher. She has taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels and is a recipient of the Kohl International Prize for Exemplary Teaching.
Reyes is author of Engage the Creative Arts: A Framework for Sheltering and Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners. She is coauthor of three other books: Diary of a Bilingual School (with James Crawford; DiversityLearningK12, 2012); Teaching in Two Languages: A Guide for K-12 Bilingual Educators (with Tatyana Kleyn; Corwin, 2010); and Constructivist Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners (with Trina Vallone; Corwin, 2008). Her publications also include peer-reviewed journal articles, a peer-reviewed book chapter, magazine articles, curriculum guides, and program reviews.
Since 1999, Reyes has worked directly with K-12 schools serving low-income communities to improve curriculum and instruction in ESL, dual immersion, transitional bilingual education, and literacy. Her consulting has included developing, guiding, and evaluating programs; providing teachers with field support and professional development workshops on site; and working closely with school administrators to facilitate these efforts.
She has presented in her field locally, nationally, and internationally, and has served as an educational consultant in school districts throughout the United States. Her current research interests include the preparation of educators and educational leaders for diverse classrooms and educational contexts, constructivist practice in ELL contexts, and bilingual schooling.
La Palabra Justa
An English-Spanish / Español-Inglés Glossary of Academic Vocabulary for Bilingual Teaching & Learning
Sharon Adelman Reyes
Salvador Gabaldón, José Severo Morejón
Language proficiency is multidimensional. While conversational skills are essential for social interaction, they are insufficient for most academic purposes. To be successful, teachers and students must acquire a firm and accurate command of subject-area vocabulary.
Even though a growing number of Americans speak Spanish at home, the United States has a severe shortage of professionals with fully developed academic skills in Spanish. This poses a special challenge for bilingual classrooms. Educators must be able to identify la palabra justa — the right word — in preparing or presenting a lesson, especially when providing content instruction and second-language input at the same time. And students must master academic terms to access advanced texts.
Recognizing an acute need, the editors of this volume brought together an international team of language teachers, teacher educators, and other bilingual professionals to create an English-Spanish / Español-Inglés glossary. La Palabra Justa features more than 24,000 entries covering the academic vocabulary needed in K-12 education.
Unlike a school dictionary, La Palabra Justa is a word-for-word glossary that offers a quick, user-friendly way to find translations of key terms in context. Sections include:
• Language Arts (Grammar & Composition, Literature, and Languages);
• Mathematics (Arithmetic & Algebra, Geometry, Probability & Data Analysis, Numbers & Measures);
• Science (Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Inquiry & Process);
• Social Studies (Civics & Government, Economics & Finance, Geography, and History);
• Fine Arts (Performing Arts and Visual Arts);
• Technology; and
• School Life (Holidays & Celebrations, School Routines & Activities, Field Trips & Transportation, School Library, Playground & Sports, Student Health, Special Needs, Conduct & Discipline).
- Publication Date:
- 0984731725 / 9780984731725
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 7.44" x 9.69"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Education / Bilingual Education