This module introduces educators and other interested stakeholders to an ever-growing segment of the student population: multilingual learners (MLs). You will read about the unique characteristics of MLs as well as their needs in the classroom and the practices commonly used to address them. The complicated issue of MLs languishing in ESL services and becoming long-term MLs is explored, as is the importance of guiding MLs to become strong readers. The module concludes with a preview of the contents of the ML Module Series.
Time estimate: 2 – 2.5 hours
An Introduction to Multilingual Learners
- 1. Demographics of Multilingual Learners
- 2. MLs’ Diverse Backgrounds and Needs
- 3. Serving MLs: Our Responsibility and Obligation
- 4. Long-Term MLs
- 5. Guiding MLs in Becoming Strong Readers
- 6. Summing It Up
- Module Evaluation
Welcome to the Multilingual Learner series! We present 10 modules in this series, all of which are geared towards educators and other interested stakeholders who want to further their knowledge and skills in pursuit of an equitable society where learners’ cultural, linguistic, and ethnic identities are honored and validated.
English learners, referred to as multilingual learners (MLs) in this series, are by far the fastest-growing student population nationwide. Yet, they are an underserved student group, who deserve equal opportunities and access to resources to achieve academic success. It is our intention, therefore, to provide educators with opportunities to reflect on their teaching practices and explore ways in which they can help MLs see themselves as well as others a valued part of the world. To this end, we will be covering a range of topics in this series to help you (1) understand MLs’ diverse needs and strengths and (2) serve them better in your classrooms, schools, and communities. Thank you for being an advocate for MLs who, thanks to your dedication, will go on to enrich our communities and shape our nation.
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This module is intended to serve as an introduction to working with multilingual learners (MLs) in your school. MLs are an ever-growing student population whom you have no doubt encountered in your tenure in education. You may have noticed that while MLs have similarities to their non-ML peers in the classroom, they have distinct differences from their peers as well. Being aware of these differences and learning evidence-based practices that address them will further increase the positive learning atmosphere in your classroom – a classroom where everyone succeeds. This module will
- increase your understanding of the backgrounds and needs of MLs
- help you gain awareness of the responsibilities we have as educators who serve MLs
- introduce the importance of literacy development in MLs’ home languages and English
- preview topics covered in the following modules of the ML module series.
Describe characteristics of MLs and how they are classified in Ohio
Identify the instructional supports MLs are provided in schools
Recognize the obligations school districts have to serve MLs
Identify specific issues that prevent MLs from closing the achievement gap with their non-ML peers
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