Due to the increasing number of English as a Second Language (ESL) in United States classrooms, educators in higher education must provide experiences to prepare students to support all learners. Educators can support learners to naturally build in opportunities to speak in their native language. Gonzalez (2014) shares “allowing students some use of their first language in second-language classrooms is gaining acceptance. When a student is still very new to a language, it’s okay to pair him with other students who speak his native language (para. 10). Additional focuses for future educators include academic vocabulary, oral and written language development, and language differences/delays. Language Experience Approach, which combines speaking and listening, reading, and writing by allowing students to draw upon their own experiences, is beneficial in classrooms. Victoria State Government (2021) outlines “through scaffolded talk, the teacher supports students to document experiences and ideas, using familiar and expanded vocabulary, modeling ways in which their thoughts and words can be written down and later read” (para. 1). These individual experiences provide opportunities to increase family involvement. Participants will learn about the importance of supporting ESL, classroom activities, and ways to involve parents. Literacy resources will also be shared during the presentation. Presenters will also share experiences teaching a Language Methods and Strategies course.
Jill Tussey, Buena Vista University, United States
Leslie Haas, Xavier University of Louisiana, United States