For over 40 years we have been applying the framework of BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) and CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency) to all English Language Learners, including native English Speakers. This conversation will shed light on the vulnerabilities of this framework for working with Immigrant families, particularly those from Latin-Based languages (and German languages), and ways we may be able to improve communication and the use of English in our HOMES and AT SCHOOL – and language instruction.
Dr. Silas Pinto has worked at Tufts University as a member of the faculty in the Department of Education since 2008. He is currently serving as the Director of the School Psychology Program & Co-Director of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. At Tufts, he teaches and works in the areas of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion and Justice, Education Law and School Policy, Immigrant Populations, Biological Bases of Learning, and School-based Research. Prior to Tufts University, he worked as a school psychologist in Providence, RI and at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies as a research analyst and treatment provider in Spanish and English. He has directed the Cape Verdean and Brazilian Cultural Center (now, Pangaea Arts Center of Rhode Island) for 21 years, is the Chair of the Cape Verdean Subcommittee of the Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission of the state of Rhode Island, and is the master instructor of Capoeira and Kenpo Karate at New Wave Martial Arts and Fitness.