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Gerena, Linda

Gerena, Linda

Professor
Teacher Education
Areas of Expertise:
  • Second Language Acquisition/Bilingual Education
  • English Language Learners (ELLs) K-12
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • Dual Immersion/Two Way Immersion
  • Bilingualism and Biliteracy
  • Secondary ELL/F-ELL Instruction in Science and Math
  • Content Literacy for ELL/F-ELLs
  • Best Practices for ELLs in K-8 Content Area Instruction
  • ELL Post Secondary Written Discourse
Dr. Gerena holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy/Bilingual Education, MA in TESOL, and an MA in Urban Bilingual Education. Her professional interests are dual immersion bilingual education, L2 acquisition theory & pedagogy, Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), and effective teaching practices for ELLs. Dr. Gerena began her bilingual teaching career in Coney Island following the NYC Consent Decree with ASPIRA. Over the ensuing 40 years, Dr. Gerena has been a bilingual teacher, researcher, teacher educator, and bilingual education advocate. In 2012, Dr. Gerena received the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award, and researched bilingual programs in Madrid, Spain. In 2013, as an EL Specialist, she provided professional development for bilingual & CLIL teachers in Spain. From 2009 to 2015 Dr. Gerena researched literacy practices for ELLs and F-ELLs in an NSF grant. Current research interests include effective teaching practices in Bilingual Dual Immersion, TBE, and CLIL programs.
Education:
Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  San Diego State University and The Claremont Graduate University  Language and Cross Cultural Education; Educational Policy; Bilingual Education.  2002 
MA  New York University, New York  Linguistics and TESOL K-12  1985 
MA  California State University, Los Angeles  Bilingual/Urban Elementary Education  1982 
BA  Brooklyn College, City University of New York  Spanish Language and Literature  1975