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Perspectives on English Language Learning:
Aída Walqui in Conversation with Guadalupe Valdés

What's in a Name? The Terms We Use to Talk About English Learners, the Theories They Reflect, and Why Labels Matter


This recorded session is the first in a series of online conversations, Perspectives on English Language Learning, that highlights scholarly perspectives on the education of students who are English learners across a wide variety of settings. Led by Aída Walqui, Senior Research Scientist at WestEd, the series highlights major research advances to help educators support learning and achievement for English learners. 

The session features Guadalupe Valdés, Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education at Stanford University. Dr. Valdés has led the field of educational linguistics with her research and insights on a diversity of topics including sociocultural diversity and identity, theories and methods of instruction for English learners, measurement of progress, and the role of educational policies on the attainment of minoritized youth and their communities. Among her numerous publications, Con Respeto: Bridging the Distances between Culturally Diverse Families and School, An Ethnographic Portrait and Learning and Not Learning English: Latino Students in American Schools are classics in the field.

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