Spreading the word

As I am engaged in a process of “re-branding” English Language Learners as Multilingual Learners in my school, I need to be proactive and take every opportunity I have to spread the word of this new terminology – to all stakeholders. Continue reading “Spreading the word”


Teaching students about what it means to be multilingual

I was aware of a vague background noise in my classroom. A slight anxiety that students had, voiced through comments such as, “I wouldn’t be able to do this in Chinese”, or “I don’t know how you say this in Korean”. I decided that it was time to dedicate some class time to exploring with my students what it means to be a multilingual learner. Continue reading “Teaching students about what it means to be multilingual”

How many mother languages do you have in your classroom?

February 21st is the day that UNESCO celebrates “mother languages” around the world. They take the opportunity to promote multilingual education precisely because of the kind of benefits that I detailed in my previous post. They recognise that providing learners with a multilingual education broadens their horizons and that, in turn, can help UNESCO to achieve their Sustainable Development goals.

development-goalsSo, let’s take a moment to celebrate everyone’s mother language. Ask a student to teach you a phrase in their language. Ask them to teach each other. Enjoy the enormous linguistic and cultural wealth that surrounds us every day.