Full course description
The course requires attendance at five, three-hour sessions.
ESL and Bilingual Education Methods
Dr. David Cassels Johnson
This session explores approaches, methods, and practices in teaching English to speakers of other Languages in K-12 school settings. The focus is on effective and ethical approaches to language learning with practical applications of theory and research. Issues concerning linguistically diverse learners will be covered with pedagogical implications.
Growing and Sustaining a Dual Language Program
Ms. Lisa Wymore
During this session, participants will examine components of program structure that are critical for growing and sustaining dual language programs including: critical features and decision items, language allocation plan (language of instruction), on-boarding new staff, and integration of dual language programming with the larger school system. Participants will build on these components by exploring a framework for teaching for biliteracy. Teaching practices and strategies effective for dual language classrooms will be embedded throughout the session. We will take time to debrief and reflect upon these strategies, focusing on how they support the development of bilingualism/biliteracy, considerations for implementation, and differentiation techniques.
Planning for language learning in the immersion classroom
Dr. Pamela Wesely
In this workshop, teachers will work on planning lessons and sequences of lessons for an immersion context. Using principles of backward design, we will develop both content and language objectives for the classroom, followed by identifying appropriate assessments and activities that will meet those objectives. In doing this, we will also investigate how best to counterbalance instruction between content and language in the immersion classroom.
Supporting students' home language(s) in the classroom
Dr. Aliza Fones
In this workshop we will discuss the importance of supporting students' home language(s) in the classroom both in terms of identity development and leveraging home language for content learning. We will discuss strategies and how to incorporate home language in our teaching.
Assessment in Bilingual Education: Why, what, how, and when to assess
Mr. Alejandro Perez Belda, Dr. Lia Plakans
This session focuses on language assessment in bilingual education programs. The first part of the session will focus on appropriate theoretical frameworks for assessing bilingual learners. The second part of the session will target the connection of (1) Educational Goals, (2) Learning Practices, (3) Assessment Practices, and (4) Washback Effects. The last part of the session will cover designing assessment instruments, creating rubrics, and analyzing assessment data.
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