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Dual Language Tandem Teaching - eBook

Product Details

Grade Level: PreK-12

Year: 2024

ISBN: 978-1-59495-828-1

Page Count: 224

Published By: Velázquez Press

Publication Date: March 2024


Have you ever seen two people ride a tandem bicycle? Together they have ups and downs - sometimes they laugh and have fun together, sometimes they feel overwhelmed, sometimes they argue - but they push through and keep going, working together to make it to their destination.

Just like riding a tandem bike, co-teaching in a dual language program (Tandem Teaching) requires a joint commitment to a shared destination - students’ equitable attainment of the three core goals of academic achievement, bilingualism and biliteracy, and sociocultural competence. And, just like riding a tandem bike, Tandem Teaching is rewarding yet challenging, particularly given the lack of guidance to date. Drawing on their shared experience as Tandem Teachers, the authors present research-based strategies and tools to help Tandem Teachers coordinate instruction across languages effectively, efficiently, and equitably. While the book was written with Tandem Teachers in mind, individual teachers who provide instruction through both English and the partner language in self-contained classrooms are likely to find the guidance useful, too! 


  • Aligned with the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education and the National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation Standards
  • Grounded in research and best practice
  • New approaches to support effective, efficient, and equitable co-planning and co-teaching in dual language programs:
    • a humanizing framework for co-teaching
    • the common roots and soil of dual language instruction - core strategies included in commonly used instructional frameworks
    • seven new cross-linguistic pedagogies to help teachers navigate tensions between separation of languages and translanguaging
    • a step-by-step process for cross-linguistic co-planning to coordinate curriculum, instruction, and assessment across languages
  • Ample tools and examples from classroom practice
    • co-planning agendas and guidance
    • biliteracy maps
    • formative assessments
    • notes to administrators
  • And a whole lot more!

Companion documents included with purchase:

  • teacher workbook
  • administrator workbook

Chapter 1: Pages 1-2: What is Tandem Teaching?

Chapter 1: Pages 13-20: What Is This Book About, Who Is It For, And How Can You Use It?

Chapter 3: Excerpt

Appendix 1.4: Full Crosswalk With Guiding Principles For Dual Language Education

Appendix 1.5: Full Crosswalk With National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation Standards

Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth R. Howard is an associate professor of bilingual education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches graduate courses on linguistic and cultural diversity and conducts research focusing on dual language education, biliteracy development, and the preparation of teachers to work with multilingual learners.

She is currently the principal investigator of a federally funded grant investigating the development of sociocultural competence in dual language programs and its role in equitable bilingualism and biliteracy attainment. She has also served as a principal investigator or co-PI of several large-scale, federally funded research projects exploring various aspects of the literacy development of bilingual learners, often in the context of dual language programs.

Her books include Realizing the vision of two-way immersion: Fostering effective programs and classrooms, Preparing classroom teachers to succeed with second language learners, and Culturally and linguistically responsive education: Designing networks that transform schools. She is also the lead author of a number of professional resources for dual language educators, including Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, the Dual Language Program Planner, the Two-Way Immersion Toolkit, and the Two-Way Immersion Observation Protocol (the Dual Language SIOP).

Previously, she has worked as a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics and as a bilingual teacher in California and Costa Rica.

Shera Simpson

Shera Simpson is a dynamic educator, administrator, coach, and entrepreneur deeply committed to advancing the field of dual-language education. She is the co-author of the groundbreaking book, "Dual Language Tandem Teaching: Coordinating Instruction across Languages through Cross-linguistic Pedagogies," the first installment of a transformative three-part series reshaping the landscape of bilingual instruction.

A respected presence at prestigious dual-language conferences nationwide, including La Cosecha, CABE, and the Southern New England Regional Dual Language Conference, Shera delivers compelling presentations that motivate educators to explore innovation and cultivate cross-linguistic collaboration in their classrooms.

As the co-founder of Dual Language Connections, LLC, a woman-owned consulting firm, Shera is on a mission to empower teachers and schools, equipping them with the essential tools and strategies needed to enhance relationships and elevate instruction across languages.

Beyond her influential consulting work, Shera is a co-founder of "Outside The Box (OTB) Learning Laboratory," an innovative dual-language, community-based alternative educational center situated in Brasilito, Costa Rica. Her visionary leadership has created a nurturing space where students thrive, immersing themselves in the richness of bilingualism and community engagement.

Originally from South Carolina, Shera has called Costa Rica home for over a decade, residing there with her partner and daughter. When not immersed in her professional pursuits, she finds joy in learning more about the world through travel, embarking on adventurous hikes, and savoring the serenity of the beach.

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