On March 1, 2019 at the European Council of International Schools Multilingual Learning in International Conference, Confianza was proud to partner with the American International School of Bucharest (AISB) to showcase our Language Planning Tool process. AISB English as an Additional Language (EAL) Teachers Alina Guzganu and Rita McDermott along with Confianza Director Sarah Ottow presented on how to deepen planning, teaching and assessing with explicit attention to academic language and literacy in English and the mother tongue.
What does the research say? Explicit academic language goals taught across disciplines help make the nuances of language visible for language learners (Valdes, 2001; Halliday & Hassan, 1989; Bailey & Huang, 2011; Gee, 2008). IB's Command Terms are an entry point to unify teachers and make language more cohesive for students. Additionally, by incorporating mother tongue, identities are honored and students’ cognition is improved (Cummins, 2000) and a school becomes more inclusive, supportive, and multilingual, reflecting the larger global 21st society.
Some snapshots from our presentation:
Resources to further your learning:
We are ALL Academic Language Learners featuring AISB co-created Language Functions Tool