Laura Epstein and Betty Yu receive compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: Laura Epstein and Betty Yu have no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Laura Epstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Laura Epstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor, Program Coordinator and School Internship Coordinator at San Francisco State University. Her research and clinical focus is on Spanish-bilingual language development/disorders and inclusion. She was California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention Program Co-Chair, 2014 & 2015, and Volunteer Committee Co-Chair in 2016. She was awarded the CSHA Diversity Award,…Read full bio
Betty Yu, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Betty Yu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders. Before joining the faculty at San Francisco State, she practiced as a speech-language therapist primarily serving young children and their families in minority communities. Her research interest is in how children's language development interfaces with the development of sociocultural competence.…Read full bio
1. Bilingualism and Its Developmental Outcomes
The purpose of the chapter is to introduce foundational concepts in bilingual development, including what is bilingualism; how it develops; the factors that influence development; and the unique linguistic and cognitive competencies associated with bilingualism.
2. Bilingualism and Biliteracy
Children from minority-language backgrounds have literacy experiences as an integral part of their language development, but these literacy experiences are different from those of majority-language children. It is important to acknowledge the literacy experiences of minority-language children, while at the same time, building on these to support literacy skills in both languages.
3. Heritage Language Maintenance
Families are at the center of bilingual and biliterate transmission, also called heritage language maintenance. Language and literacy co-develop through everyday family interactions. Bilingualism and biliteracy are unlikely to develop or develop fully without family involvement. In this chapter, we discuss family perspectives on bilingualism and biliteracy and how to work with families to support their own goals for their children.
4. Q&A Session
A question and answer session with the instructors and a student in her clinical fellowship year discussing what was covered in the course.