A recently published blog post on EdWeek’s Learning the Language blog attempts to answer this very question. TESOL International Association, an organization which supports teachers of ELLs, recently released a document recommending six principles that will improve the teaching and learning of ELLs.
According to the blog post, “The principles were developed to help educators cultivate multilingualism, work to develop global citizens, and support students' home languages and cultural backgrounds to achieve those goals,” goals which are reflected in TWIN-CS’s mission for dual language learner education. These principles are the following:
- Know your learners.
- Create conditions for language learning.
- Design high-quality lessons for language development.
- Adapt lesson delivery as needed.
- Monitor and assess student language development.
- Engage and collaborate within a community of practice.
TESOL’s six principles may seem commonplace to TWIN-CS schools, as our schools already follow many of these values, but it is wondrous to see active, national improvement for ELL education across the board. TWIN-CS emulates these values every day when we celebrate various linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and use the myriad of cultural and linguistic experiences as a resource for diverse, fulfilling classroom learning. As a result, TWIN-CS is well on the way to creating global citizens.
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-Melissa Hoppie, Graduate Student Researcher