Empowering Educators: Strategies for Welcoming New MLs and Fostering Bilingualism in Schools
This engaging presentation addresses how our multilingual learners (MLs) benefit from first language support as they learn English in our schools.
What does it mean to be bilingual? While this may seem to be a straightforward question, when we think about it more deeply the answer is far more complex. Language weaves together with issues of politics, culture, race, and belief systems that impact our educational policies and pedagogy.
Join us for a presentation focusing on multilingual learners (MLs):
- Explore the advantages of providing first language support for MLs during their English learning journey
- Dive into effective strategies for incorporating language and culture into the curriculum
- Learn practical approaches for working with both newcomers and experienced language learners
- Discover innovative methods to seamlessly introduce multiple languages into our classrooms
- Cultivate an inclusive educational environment where all students develop an appreciation for bilingualism and multiculturalism
About the Presenter: Michele Goldin is Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education and TESOL in the Graduate School of Education at Touro University where her research broadly focuses on bilingual language development in children. She is specifically interested in exploring the factors that contribute to language acquisition in multilingual learners in Latin@ communities, and how our schools can foster bilingualism and support heritage language maintenance. As a heritage speaker of Spanish herself, she believes that increasing our understanding of bilingual development has direct implications for successful academic outcomes, language policy and pedagogy, as well as bilingual, multicultural and dual language education. Her work has been published in a range of international academic journals on linguistics and education, and she is the recipient of various research grants including the GAANN Fellowship from the US Department of Education and the ACLS Emerging Voices Research Award. Before earning her Ph.D. in Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition at Rutgers University, she was a professional flamenco dancer and lived in Madrid for nearly 10 years where she founded a successful creative language education method for learning through movement called Hello! English. She earned her BA from George Mason University and her MA from New York University.