Howdy and Welcome to Aggie Bilingual Ed, a blogsite for the Bilingual Education Undergraduate Program at Texas A&m University!
This site is managed primary by me the Undergraduate Program Coordinator of the Bilingual Program, Dr. Miranda Walichowski. The content that you find here comes from faculty, students, and friends of the program. At this site, we want to be of service to you the prospective student, current student, alumni, and parent. We also want to serve our professional community of teachers, mentor and cooperative teachers, principals, administrators, and colleagues. We want to provide interesting, relevant, and meaningful content to help you.
The following are the categories that we blog about:
- Bilingual Times – there you will read news about the program, news and issues in bilingual education, and news and issues in education in general.
- En Español – there you will find posts from any of our blog categories written in Spanish.
- For Students – there you will find posts that will benefit and inform you as a future or current student.
- For Teachers – there you will find posts that will benefit and inform you as a teacher. We will be providing the “so what does this mean and how do I apply it” for the research that the faculty in the bilingual program conduct. And we will also point to resources that you might find helpful.
- People to Meet – there you will come to know the faculty, staff, students, and friends of the Bilingual Program in a unique way. We will get to know the people behind the vitas and résumés!
- BESO Times – there you will come to see all the marvelous work and efforts that the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) is doing and planning to do.
Here is a little more to help you understand the impetus behind our program. This is a excerpt from our hnadbook.
Bilingual Education Purpose, Philosophy, Rationale, and Objectives
The purpose of the Bilingual Education teacher preparation program is to prepare pre-service teachers to teach English Language Learners (ELL) in grades EC (Early Childhood)-6 through instructional delivery in the student’s native language (Spanish) and English as a Second Language (ESL).
The Bilingual Education Programs at Texas A&M University is designed to prepare biliterate educator practitioners to serve as competent, ethical, and caring professionals. Our program prepares teacher leaders in bilingual education to address the cognitive, linguistic and affective needs of English Language Learners. Our graduates are committed to the implementation of evidence based practices, bilingual pedagogy linked to strong instructional design, and assessment that informs instruction. They understand the importance of collaboration and partnerships with the community, with families, and with their colleagues. We support each student in developing professional goals and the habits of a reflective practice for continued professional and personal growth.
Bilingual teacher preparation programs must meet the needs of English Language Learners, their families, and their communities.
- The bilingual education teachers will demonstrate communicative competence and academic language proficiency in the first language (L1) and in the second language (L2).
- The bilingual education teacher will demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of bilingual education and the concepts of bilingualism and biculturalism.
- The bilingual education teacher will demonstrate knowledge of the process of first- and second-language acquisition and development.
- The bilingual education teacher will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the development and assessment of literacy in the primary language.
- The bilingual education teacher will demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the development and assessment of biliteracy.
- The bilingual education teacher will demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of content-area instruction in (L1) and in (L2).
Bilingual Education Programs Degree
Bilingual education teacher preparation program graduates obtain a baccalaureate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and are certified to teach Bilingual Education and regular education in Early Childhood through 6 (EC-6) within the constraints of Texas certifications and No Child Left Behind mandates.