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Learning in Two World: An Integrated Spanish/English Biliteracy Approach


reviewed by Nancy Hamberger 1993

coverTitle: Learning in Two World: An Integrated Spanish/English Biliteracy Approach
Author(s): Bertha Perez, Maria Torres-Guzman
Publisher: Addison Wesley , Reading
ISBN: 0801315727, Pages: , Year: 1995
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Here is a book that can make a vast difference in the lives of millions of Spanish-speaking children in America if their bilingual teachers take its advice and suggestions to heart. From beginning to end, authors Perez and Torres-Guzman marshal the best of accumulated knowledge on language and literacy teaching and learning to delineate and detail an integrated approach to the development of Spanish-speaking students' biliteracy in the elementary classroom. Their book is addressed primarily to Spanish/English bilingual teachers and they use the Spanish language and Latino culture as resources both to draw on for examples and to build from in increasing teachers' understanding of their students' developing biliteracy. Given my own interest in biliteracy and its development in American classrooms, I was especially pleased to note that their definition of biliteracy as "the decoding and encoding of print using two linguistic and cultural systems in order to convey messages in a variety of contexts" (p. 51) is entirely consistent with my own ("any and all instances... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 1, 1993, p. 141-143
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 130, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 1:53:40 AM

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