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Terminology & Theory

Explore below to understand why names, and the language we use, matter.

  • The importance of using the term language “development” — not “acquisition.” Diane Larsen-Freeman, Professor Emerita in Education and Linguistics, University of Michigan

  • Full interview with Guadalupe Valdés, Professor Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Education, “What’s in a Name? The Terms We Use to Talk About English Learners, the Theories They Reflect, and Why Labels Matter”

  • The evolution of education policy and equity as it affects English learners in California. Magaly Lavadenz, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Loyola Marymount University 

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