Pre-Conference

Building on Multilingual Assets: Purposeful Academic Conversations

Time: March 19, 2020 • 8:30-16:00

In order to build inclusive, language-rich environments, we must be aware of current research, best practices and our own identity. Providing equitable international classrooms where students feel comfortable learning means building on the linguistic, cultural, social and emotional assets of all students.

This session will focus on two key pedagogical issues:
1) shifting from a deficit-based to an asset-based approach to teaching and learning, and
2) creating language-rich inquiry-based classrooms by using language intentionally.

Participants will be guided through a shared language experience, explore WIDA resources and learn about strategies and research to support inquiry and oral discourse with multilingual learners.