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Guadalupe Valdes


Dr. Valdes' research explores many of the issues of bilingualism relevant to teachers in training, including methods of instruction, typologies, measurement of progress, and the role of education in national policies on immigration. Specifically, she studies the sociolinguistic processes of linguistic acquisition by learners in different circumstances--those who set out to learn a second language in a formal school setting (elective bilingualism) and those who must learn two languages in order to adapt to immediate family-based or work-based communicative needs within an immigrant community (circumstantial bilingualism). Her research in these areas has made her one of the most eminent experts on Spanish-English bilingualism in the United States.

Other Titles

Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
SHIPS (PhD): Anthropology of Education
SHIPS (PhD): Educational Linguistics

Research Interests

Diversity and Identity | Literacy and Language | Poverty and Inequality | Standards | Teachers and Teaching

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Recent Publications

Jensen, B., & Valdes, G. (2021). Threading systemic change for language equity in schools. LANGUAGE AND EDUCATION.

Valdes, G. (2021). "Verde is Not the Word for Green in Spanish": The Problematic Arrogance of Monolingual, Powerful Parents. LANGUAGE POLICY.

Jensen, B., Valdes, G., & Gallimore, R. (2021). Teachers Learning to Implement Equitable Classroom Talk. EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER.

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