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An Educator's Guide to Dual Language Instruction
Increasing Achievement and Global Competence, K–12

ISBN 9781138946576
Published May 2, 2016 by Routledge
208 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This user-friendly book is a key resource for teachers and administrators to ensure their school’s success in implementing and maintaining a dual language program. Authors Gayle Westerberg and Leslie Davison share their own experiences leading a dual language school, the obstacles they overcame, and the best practices they learned along the way. The book is filled with step-by-step instructions and strategies you can try immediately, as well as inspirational stories from educators in urban and rural dual language programs across the country. Topics include:

  • Choosing a model for your dual language program and involving all stakeholders in the transition process;
  • Marketing your program effectively to recruit students and staff, including international teachers;
  • Implementing a standards-based instructional framework focused on direct vocabulary instruction, extensive reading, and using language in context;
  • Setting proficiency targets and using internal and external assessments to track students’ progress;
  • Incorporating technology for a more interactive and engaging language-learning experience.

You’ll also learn how to effectively transition your program through different grade levels and build a collaborative school culture for a strong, long-lasting K–12 dual language program. Additional resources are available on the authors’ website,

Table of Contents

Meet the Authors



1 Challenging the Status Quo and Doing the Right Work

2 The Dynamics of Change

3 Recruiting Families and Teachers

4 Choosing an Instructional Model

5 Language Acquisition 101 and the Power of Comprehensible Input

6 Reaching Proficiency Targets

7 Leveraging Technology Integration for Dual Language Programs

8 Transitions in Dual Language Education K-12

9 Creating a Culture that Fosters Global Competence

10 Upshots - Sharing Results

11 Professional Learning Through Coaching, Connecting and Collaboration

12 Moonshot...when you know better you are obligated to do better

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Gayle Westerberg is the former principal of a dual language school and currently works as a consultant and coach on principal leadership and transdisciplinary learning.

Leslie Davison is a world language specialist, a teacher, and a consultant on best practices for language acquisition, technology, and dual language teaching strategies.


“Given the rapid increase in dual language programs across the country, this book could not be more timely. Gayle Westerberg and Leslie Davison guide administrators and teachers through grounded experience, practical program models, sample schedules, and collaborative cultural competence to develop quality dual language programs that equip students to become global citizens with bilingual skills and 21st century tools.” –Paul Boyd-Batstone, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, California State University, Long Beach, and Author of Teaching ELLs to Read: Strategies to Meet the Common Core, K-5.

“Westerberg and Davison have written the ultimate step-by-step guide to developing a strong and successful dual language program. Their personal experience, the voices of many others who shared their journey, and the practical advice provided throughout the book provide readers with a well-planned roadmap filled with lessons learned and creative ways to address challenges.” –Fernando Rubio, Co-Director, Second Language Teaching and Research Center, University of Utah