OSSE invites dual language teachers, instructional coaches, and curriculum developers to register for a professional development session focusing on metalinguistic skills acquired by emergent bilinguals while becoming literate in two languages. Using language strategically in a bilingual context is a highly effective practice and students benefit from having two languages that interact and complement one other. Cross-language connections can be leveraged when teachers are intentionally planning activities to help students to think and talk about language, and in the case of biliteracy, understanding the relationship between and within languages.
This will be a hands-on, interactive experience to understand and analyze how language can be leveraged to express meaning. At the end of this training, participants will be able to:
- Consciously plan strategies to improve students’ abilities to detect, understand, and talk about how their languages are similar and different,
- Understand how cross-language connections to develop a self-extending bilingual communicative system, and
- Identify, analyze, and manipulate language forms – sounds, symbols, grammar, vocabulary – and language structures between and across languages.
For more information or questions, please contact Santiago Sanchez at [email protected] or (202) 741-5311.