English language learners (ELLs) DO make schools stronger because they incite educators to think strategically and thoughtfully about how to create inclusive learning environment in their schools.
Through our work together, you will have a more comprehensive understanding of how to authentically connect with your ELLs, better understanding who they are, and the strengths they bring to bear.
During our live sessions, we will explore strategies for making content concepts more comprehensible and accessible for your students, cognizant of the fact that your ELLs are simultaneously balancing the learning of language and content.
Please view each of the videos below and contemplate the Food for Thought questions.
Food for Thought: Are your students hearing words like ’sesquipedalian’ and ‘volation’ throughout the day? What strategies are you implementing that allow your ELLs the opportunity to successfully access the content concepts being explored in your class?
Food for thought: Given the wide array of factors that affect additional language acquisition, what is your role in supporting your students (i.e. leveraging factors that help and mitigating factors that hinder) and in promoting their multilingualism and multiculturalism?
Food for thought: How do you encourage your students and their families to take pride in their bilingualism and biculturalism? Do you encourage students to share with each other and with you?
Food for Thought: What are the typologies of each of your ELLs? What’s their story? What accommodations do you make in order to support such a diversity of learners in your class?
Food for Thought: At which level of English language acquisition are your students? Check out the WIDA can-do descriptors to identify the plethora of tasks in which your students can engage.
Food for Thought: Where are your ELLs on the Culture Shock curve, and what can you do to help move them toward the Recovery phase?
Food for thought: Have you had moments of cultural misunderstanding with your ELLs? What are the cultural factors that impacted the interaction?
Food for Thought: Where are you along the cultural spectrum? How does your perspective differ from the perspectives of your ELLs?
Food for Thought: What is your biggest takeaway from this video series and how has it informed you? More importantly, how will it impact you as you proceed in educating your ELLs?
As mentioned during the Cultural Iceberg videos, here are some resources where you can continue your exploration into the dimensions of culture.
Now that you have viewed the videos, and you have taken the time to critically assess your own practices, please share by clicking on Comments below:
- how you have engaged in KYS throughout this school year
- how you plan to engage in KYS as you move forward
Homework: Please read the three brief articles listed below. During our live session, we will be referring back to these readings while you are working collaboratively in groups during breakout sessions.
Take care. Please stay safe and sound and sane. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am very excited about this innovative professional learning format, and I look forward to working with you during our live session.