Season 5, Episode 8

Linguistic structure: English vs. Spanish with Dr. Desirée Pallais-Downing

Dr. Desirée Pallais-Downing is an assistant professor of instruction in the Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Having lived in Nicaragua, England, the United States, and Spain, she has experienced bilingual learning across four different countries. In this episode, she differentiates between sequential and simultaneous bilingualism, discusses the importance of assessment in the home and second languages, and dives deep into the linguistic structures of Spanish versus English. She also offers advice for non-Spanish speakers on the best ways to support Spanish speakers.