York College / City University of New York
Gerena, Linda

Gerena, Linda


World Languages, Literatures, and Humanities

Phone: 718-262-2089
Office Location: AC-1D12A
Email: lgerena@york.cuny.edu

Dr. Gerena holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy/Bilingual Education, MA in TESOL, MA in Urban Bilingual Education. Her professional interests are Dual Immersion Bilingual Education, L1 Support, L2 Acquisition Theory & Pedagogy, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP), Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), International Efforts to Improve Pedagogy in Language Teaching (Bologna 2018) & Effective Teaching Practices. Dr. Gerena began her career in NYC following the ASPIRA Consent Decree. For 40+ years she has been a bilingual advocate, language teacher, researcher, & teacher educator. In 2012, she received the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award to research bilingual education in Madrid, Spain. In 2013, as an EL Specialist, she provided PD for Bilingual & CLIL teachers in Spain. From 2009-2015, she researched literacy practices for secondary NYC ELLs in an NSF grant. In 2017-2018, Dr. Gerena conducted research in NYC DOE bilingual classes to support & improve pedagogy.

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PhD San Diego State University and The Claremont Graduate University Language and Cross Cultural Education; Bilingual Education; Educational Policy 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 

Areas of Expertise

  • Dual Immersion/Two-Way Bilingual Education
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • English Language Learners (ELLs) 1-12
  • L1 Maintenance and Support
  • Spanish Language Development and Instruction
  • Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • NYS ENGAGE Common Core/BilingualStandards
  • World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Standards for ELLs
  • International Efforts to Improve Pedagogy: Bologna Process, 2018 European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Collaboration
  • Bilingualism and Biliteracy
  • Secondary ELL/F-ELL Instruction in Science and Math
  • Content Literacy for ELL/F-ELLs
  • Best Practices for ELLs in 1-12 Early, Emergent, and Content Area Literacy Instruction
  • F-ELL Post Secondary Written Discourse

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