Kate Menken is a Professor of Linguistics and Director of Linguistics and TESOL Programs at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include language education policy, bilingual education, and the education of emergent bilinguals in U.S. public schools. Her books are English Learners Left Behind: Standardized Testing as Language Policy (Multilingual Matters, 2008), Negotiating Language Policies in Schools: Educators as Policymakers (co-edited with Ofelia García, Routledge, 2010), and Common Core, Bilingual and English Language Learners: A Resource for Educators (co-edited with Guadalupe Valdés and Mariana Castro, Caslon, 2015). She is Co-Principal Investigator of the CUNY-New York State Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB) project (www.cuny-nysieb.org) and Co-Principal Investigator of Participating in Literacies and Computer Science (https://www.pila-cs.org). Further information can be found on her website: http://katemenken.org
Presenter: Kate Menken
- Bilingualism as a resource in education
Translanguaging pedagogy allows students to draw upon their entire linguistic repertoire in school. All of the languages spoken by bilingual children are leveraged as a crucial instructional tool and, to the greatest extent possible, nurtured and developed.
- A multilingual ecology for the whole school
The language practices of all children and families are evident in the school’s visual landscape, as well as in the interactions of members of the school community.