Dr. Yvonne Freeman and Dr. David Freeman are professors emeriti at The University of Texas at Brownsville. Both are interested in effective education for emergent bilinguals. They present regularly at international, national, and state conferences. They have worked extensively in schools in the U.S. They have also worked with educators in Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Argentina, Uruguay, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Mallorca, and Sweden. In 2016 they will work in Taiwan.
The Freemans have published books, articles and book chapters jointly and separately on the topics of second language teaching, biliteracy, bilingual education, linguistics, and second language acquisition. Their newest books are ESL Teaching: Principles for Success (2016) and Essential Linguistics: What teachers need to know to teach ESL, reading, spelling, and grammar, 2nd edition (2014) published by Heinemann. The Freemans also edited two research publications published by EmeraldBooks Research on Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Work Effectively with Emergent Bilinguals and Research on Preparing In-Service Teachers to Work Effectively with Emergent Bilinguals. They also edited, Diverse Learners in the Mainstream Classroom (2008) published by Heinemann.
Other books written by the Freemans and published by Heinemann include Between Worlds: Access to Second Language Acquisition 3rd edition (2011), Academic Language for English Language Learners and Struggling Readers (2009), the revised translation of, La enseñanza de la lectura y la escritura en español y en inglés en clases bilingües y de doble inmersión (2009) the second edition of Teaching Reading and Writing in Spanish and English in Bilingual and Dual Language Classrooms, Dual Language Essentials for Teachers and Administrators, Essential Linguistics: What You Need to Know to Teach Reading, ESL, Spelling, Phonics, and Grammar; Closing the Achievement Gap: How to Reach Limited Formal Schooling and Long-Term English Learners, Teaching Reading in Multilingual Classrooms, and ESL/EFL Teaching: Principles for Success.
The Freemans are authors on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's programs On Our Way to English and Literacy by Design as well as Benchmark Education's Spanish reading program.