Multilingual Learners​ | Learning Modules

The Multilingual Learner (ML) Series presents 10 online, self-paced modules that are geared towards educators and other interested stakeholders who seek to further their knowledge on how to best serve MLs, the fastest-growing student population nationwide. In this Series, educators will discover evidence-based practices for supporting MLs’ literacy development and language learning with opportunities to reflect on their teaching practices and explore ways to incorporate evidence-based practices into their teaching.

1. An Introduction to Multilingual Learners

M1 Description

This first module of the series discusses the diverse backgrounds of MLs to help educators better understand and meet MLs’ needs.

2. Culturally Responsive Teaching

M2 Description

This module discusses what it means to be a culturally responsive educator for MLs and how such a view inform teaching approaches that better serve MLs in classrooms and schools.

3. Every Teacher Is a Language Teacher

M3 Description

This module presents important information that every teacher needs to know: how the English language works, how MLs’ knowledge of the rule systems of (American) English affects their literacy development, and what teachers can do to scaffold MLs’ language/literacy development.

4. Word Recognition

M4 Description

This module discusses the foundational skills that beginning MLs (and all learners) must master to become strong readers and introduces instructional methods and considerations for supporting MLs’ literacy development.

5. Fostering Reading Fluency

M5 Description

This module defines reading fluency using three major components (accuracy, speed, prosody) and introduces a variety of ways to foster MLs’ English reading fluency at the word-reading and passage-reading levels.

6. Language & Reading Comprehension

M6 Description

This module highlights the multifaceted nature of reading comprehension. It focuses on the language comprehension aspects of reading and different ways to incorporate them into literacy instruction.

7. Implementing Interventions

M7 Description

This module discusses effective literacy interventions that educators can use to meet the needs of MLs who struggle in their English literacy development and require strategic or intensive intervention to be successful.

8. Explicit Vocabulary Instruction

M8 Description

This module introduces the cyclical process of vocabulary learning/teaching and presents a variety of techniques that educators can use to make vocabulary learning effective, efficient, and entertaining for MLs.

9. Integrating Language into Content Instruction

M9 Description

This module introduces instructional strategies that educators can implement in their content area classes to scaffold MLs’ language learning and better support MLs’ acquisition of class content.

10. Writing Instruction

M10 Description

This module provides insight into the writing development of MLs with varying proficiency levels and discusses teaching implications of major research findings on writing instruction.