Gone are the days when all of the children in a classroom are speaking the same language. Nowadays it’s not unusual to have several different languages spoken among your students – and that of course presents a number of challenges. Among them are forming relationships with these special students, making them feel welcomed into the classroom, and helping them form relationships with other students. But beyond those issues is the teachers’ very real challenge of helping dual-language learners succeed academically.
To learn more about this process, I invited experts Jennifer Chen and Karen Nemeth to Studentcentricity.
Following our conversation, which included much helpful advice, Jennifer offered the following strategies for helping dual-language learners (DLL) acquire academic language proficiency:
Teacher modeling. This is one of the most effective ways to enhance student learning. The teacher can model academic language use, like how to articulate one’s viewpoint. For instance, the teacher can model saying, “I agree with the main character in the story ...”...