Strategies for Multilingual Learners
Students new to English make up nearly 10% of the public school population in the United States, and this number is rising.
We know how important it is for learners to see themselves as readers and writers in the world. But, how do you grow literate identities in school when a learner’s home language is not English? Tasha Tropp Laman provides tools and strategies for teaching multilingual learners , including how to:
– Use first languages of learners as tools and resources
– Expand learners’ repertoires for communication through workshop teaching
– Make visible the value of multilingual learners’ existing knowledge
– Scaffold independent practice
– Encourage and facilitate sharing
– Engage students in meaningful writing invitations
See examples of student writing, hear how Tasha and other teachers have addressed specific challenges, and discover new ways to foster the personal connections that all learners need to succeed as communicators.
Tasha is author of From Ideas to Words: Writing Strategies for English Language Learners. She specializes in literacy learning of multilingual students.
“Denying someone the language(s) with which they first learned to make meaning of their world is to deny them a significant part of what makes them who they are, as well as prevents them from using what they know in order to learn.”
– Tasha Tropp Laman, From Ideas to Words
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