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Dr. Carla Amaro-Jimenez

Visiting Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education and Health Professions

UT Arlington Faculty

Dr. Amaro-Jiménez holds an EdD and a MEd in Literacy with a specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Cincinnati, and a BS in Early Childhood Education from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Prior to coming to UTA in the Fall of 2008, Carla taught graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Cincinnati and was also an early childhood bilingual teacher both in Cincinnati, Ohio and Costa Rica.

Service Learning Class

BEEP 4384: Literacy Methods for ESL/Bilingual Classrooms (2-2)

The rationale and implementation of various instructional methods for English language learners will be discussed. Examination of language instruction for students at different stages of development. Sheltered English instruction for the teaching of content areas will also be presented. Students will be assigned to a special language program to examine methods of instruction and modifications for language minority children.

Academic Outcomes

  • Identify socioemotional, cultural, linguistic and cognitive needs of minority children and design instruction to meet those needs.
  • Provide linguistic, academic and developmentally appropriate support for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
  • Examine methods of instruction being implemented to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Service Learning Project

Putting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Appropriate Practices into the ‘Learning Zone’

The Arlington Public Library (APL) has experienced an increase in the number of public school students they serve in their ‘Learning Zone,’ a program that aims to provide one-to-one academic support for students in first, second and third grades. The students who attend this program are primarily non-native English speakers (i.e., Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese) whose parents are not proficient enough in English to help them with homework and school-related tasks. Because the shortage of volunteers they have, their program is currently providing these services in groups instead.

This service learning project will thus provide the manpower the APL needs to not only serve the number of students currently enrolled in the program, but to provide one-to-one support for these culturally and linguistically diverse children. Because all the pre-service teachers enrolled in BEEP 4384 are bilingual, there will be opportunities for these children to get academic support in their native language as well. Students will devote at least two hours per week each to volunteer in their program in addition to the time required to prepare for these sessions. As part of this service learning project, we will also identify effective practices currently in place in the ‘Learning Zone’ program, and provide suggestions for making the project better for the community, the parents and the actual children who participate in it.

Community Agencies

Arlington Public Library / Arlington Reads / The ‘Learning Zone’ Program