Making Content Classes a Meaningful Multilingual Experience
Middle & High School
Now is the time to push past the limits of the long-term English learner (LTEL) label and embrace a new way of honoring secondary multilinguals’ valuable life experiences and academic potential. This session provides a practical, research-based instructional framework specifically designed to leverage the strengths of experienced multilinguals to help them express themselves as mathematicians, scientists, historians, writers, and artists. We will focus on: *actions that foster the conditions for experienced multilinguals to reach the highest grade-level content and language proficiency *Specific strategies with “try it out” prompts to encourage implementation *Templates and anchor charts for structuring lessons *Vignettes and stories from both the student and teacher perspective What are the goals of the session? The goal of this workshop is for educators to learn about the assets-based instructional framework and practical strategies that cultivate the conditions for their long-term success. The workshop will guide teachers in understanding and carrying out the framework systematically starting with engineering assessments and leading to lesson design. Teachers will have produced something that can be immediately applied to school the following week.
Bio Tan Huynh:
Tan Huynh (@TanKHuynh) is a secondary school teacher specializing in English language acquisition, an author, podcaster, and consultant. His suggestions are rooted in his experience teaching students from 5th to 10th grade in public, private, charter, and international schools. He also taught secondary social studies and spends much of his days co-planning and co-teaching. He is trained in sheltered instruction, culturally-responsive instruction, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, and the collaborative instructional cycle. Tan shares his application of research-based strategies on his blog, podcast, and online courses with the hopes of celebrating teachers who answer the call to serve multilingual learners. He holds a masters degree in curriculum and instruction specializing in language acquisition. You can learn more about his work by going to TanKHuynh.com.