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Reading Rockets: Becoming Bilingual

Every year, schools all across the country welcome larger numbers of students who don't speak English. "Becoming Bilingual" highlights the challenges faced by teachers responsible for teaching these children to read. Hosted by acclaimed actress Rita Moreno, the program visits schools in Chicago, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Arlington, Virginia; Woodburn, Oregon; Washington, D.C.; and Long Beach, California to find out what it takes to teach six-year-olds fluent in Spanish or Russian or Hmong how to read in English.

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Dressing up like favorite book characters helps ELL students connect with reading.

Credit: Christ Chávez

Rita Moreno

Acclaimed actress Rita Moreno hosts "Becoming Bilingual."

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Dressing up like favorite book characters helps ELL students connect with reading.

Credit: Christ Chávez

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Kindergarten teacher Angelica Espinosa reads books to her students in El Paso's Escontrias Early Childhood Center after the costume parade.

Credit: Christ Chávez

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"Becoming Bilingual" illustrates strategies like using pictures to help ELL students learn to read.

Credit: Christ Chávez

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