Preparing Residents to Teach English Language Learners in the Third Space

  • Fernando Naiditch
  • Alexander Diaz
Part of the Bold Visions in Educational Research book series (BVER)


After a year as a resident in the NMUTR, Alex was given his first teaching assignment at East Side High School in Newark as a biology teacher. He was placed in a bilingual earth sciences classroom where Spanish was the medium of instruction. I spent the first year of Alex’s experience—his induction period—at East Side visiting and studying his classroom in order to follow his progress as a bilingual teacher and his approach to addressing the needs of English language learners (ELLs).


Teacher Preparation Teaching ELLs English Language Learner Responsive Teaching Bilingual Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Naiditch
    • 1
  • Alexander Diaz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Secondary and Special EducationMontclair State UniversityMontclairNew Jersey
  2. 2.Eastside High SchoolNewarkNew Jersey

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