Alain Bengochea

Assistant Professor of English Language Learning
Expertise: Bilingual Education, Second Language Learning, Language & Literacy


Alain Bengochea is an expert in emergent bilingualism, early and middle childhood literacy, and translanguaging. His research explores the ways in which young, emergent bilingual learners' (i.e., ELLs) language and literacy development are supported across home, community, and school contexts. 

Bengochea's research integrates diverse epistemologies, paradigms, and methodologies, in order to empower minority learners facing ideological barriers and contradictions around bilingualism that may exist at the community and school levels. As an assistant professor of English language learning at UNLV, Bengochea helps pre-K through 12th grade teacher educators create culturally and linguistically responsive learning contexts for emergent bilingual learners.

His research has appeared in numerous publications including, the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and Linguistics and Education.


  • B.A., French & Political Science, University of Florida
  • M.S.Ed. in Childhood Bilingual Education, Fordham University
  • Ph.D. in Language & Literacy Learning in Multilingual Settings, University of Miami

Alain Bengochea In The News

Las Vegas Sun
September 14, 2020
Suzanne Romero, a first-grade teacher at Tom Williams Elementary School in North Las Vegas, says many of her students have immigrants parents who aren’t familiar with the American school system. They get confused by some of the notifications that are sent home from the school, which could lead to their children falling behind.

Articles Featuring Alain Bengochea

7-year-old boy in blue shirt, 1st grader William Hawkins, 9-year-old 3rd grader Georgia Hawkins, and PhD student in microbiology Erin Cassin, all working/learning from home on the dining room table.
Business and Community | April 6, 2020
UNLV College of Education experts share tips, resources, and activities for parents thrust into the added role of schoolteacher, guidance counselor, and playground monitor.