Virginia Collier is the author of "Teaching Multilingual Children". Her article highlights ways of teaching bi-lingual children and the importance of preserving their native language. She also teaches ud the differences between informal and formal language, the significance of code switching, and creating a curriculum that is specifically designed for English language learners.
"Teach the standard form of English and students' home language together with an appreciation of dialect differences to create an environment of language recognition in the classrooms."
Chelsea's Collier Moment:
During one of my sessions the class was sitting at the rug. At this part of the day Ms. Morales has the students read and then they talk about the main ideas of the story. One of the students was talking and not paying attention. Ms. Morales grabbed the students attention by saying "SILENCIO" (silence) in spanish. The childrens eyes got big. "You know spanish?" Ms. Morales then told the students about her Dominican background.
Karen's Collier Moment:
When I was helping Ms. Morales pass out homework I noticed she offers bi-lingual worksheets. The picture is scanned below.