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Joan’s Video on Language Acquisition in a Bilingual Context

Joan’s Video on Language Acquisition in a Bilingual Context

June 30, 2022

Dear WinkWorld Readers,

This is the 3rd post in a series of language acquisition posts.  Feel free to use, if it serves a need for you.  In the first post of this series, we listened to Dr. Stephen Krashen with a  holistic look at the connections from language acquisition to ESL to foreign languages to bilingual classes to literacy, etc.  He even talked about a parrot’s language acquisition.  Next, we looked at Deb Harrison’s, a teacher in WYO, as she shared an animated video of her own learning when she read “The Power of Reading.”

In this 3rd blog of this series, I am sharing a holistic look at language acquisition as it  relates to bilingual learning.  I created  this video while I was still a full-time faculty in CA. The enclosed link was created with assistance of IT personnel from California State University, Stanislaus and Black Hills State University. Thank you.  The content has stood the test of timeā€“me, I am not so sure. . .

Principles of Bilingual Education, 11 minutes – Please remember that these same principles apply to literacy development, foreign language classes, ESL classes, etc.


Below here, I summarize in 50 seconds.


Turns out that making meaning and feeling safe matter a lot when acquiring another language or developing literacy.  There are many ways to do this.

Thank you, Katie Knox, for this image of you making meaning with your Dad in a safe context.  And, thank you for allowing me to use your wonderful images in “The Power of Story” from Libraries Unlimited.

The Power of Story





  • Sharon Biegen

    Thank you Joan! These videos were fascinating and enlightening to me, who has never been exposed to the “language” of bilingualism!

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