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The Bilingual Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition Instructional Model

from NABE

NABE has got talent galore! And here is another small contribution to the body of important research on Dual Language Immersion lead by one of our own scholars, Dr. Margarita Calderon, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Calderon extends her thanks for the opportunity to share her research that is in the WWC. It continues to make quite a positive impact on Els, bilingual/multilingual students and everyone in their schools. Dr. Calderon is a member of the NABE Corporate Advisory Council and also the Dual Language Advisory Group.

There is one Dual Language study reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse that investigated the effects on the reading achievement and English language development of English language learners in Spanish and English instruction. The 5-year study was funded by USDOE. The study was a quasi- experimental design that met WWC evidence standards. All students in the experimental schools (n = 3) and comparison schools (n = 4) were enrolled in bilingual programs. Students in the experimental group participated in Bilingual Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition. Students in the comparison group participated in traditional round-robin oral reading and exercises from a textbook.

By 4th grade, BCIRC students scored significantly higher on the Texas assessments than nonparticipants. Four times as many BCIRC students met the district's third-grade criterion in reading in English as comparison students. Twice as many students met this criterion on the district's language exams in Spanish and English.

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