My recent article on RTI and how to address the needs of ELL within the model

Please visit the The Journal of Multiculturalism in Education Volume 7 (December 2011) 1
Response to Intervention for English Learners

This article describes a framework for using Response to Intervention (RTI) with students
who are English Learners (ELs). It examines the characteristics of these students; defines
the RTI process; and then outlines how schools can use grade level teams, a school
leadership team, and professional development to support literacy instruction in this model. We
include specific recommendations to screen and monitor progress.

Keeping your second language alive

This newest article on how to keep a second language alive offers some good ideas for children and adults to engage in activities that will support and grow a second language that is not used very much—http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-bilingual/201202/keeping-language-alive

Coincidently, this week I had a conversation with one of the schools I work with on strategies to engage students who are learning in two languages to use the non-dominant language in this case monolingual English speakers learning Spanish in an English only dominant culture– and we came up with some great ideas with the help of our star intern Kelley!
1. Engage college students who studied abroad in the language in question to continue to develop their skills with students who know the language
2. Link with professionals or exchange students to read books to students via Skype in the language in question from the country that speaks the language itself
3. Identify schools in other countries that can build pen pals (epals.com- helpful website), if students don’t write yet, perhaps the teachers can do the Skypeing into each others classrooms
4. Identify volunteers, including parents, in the community where the children come from that can read or play board games in the language in question

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL IDEAS? Lets get this list growing– please share

Is Bilingualism Important– Recent article

The World Has Changed: Foreign Languages Make a Huge Difference
Is the title of the article in the Huff Post World online newspaper. It presents the perspective that because English is a global language is those who are monolingual really need to know another language– great concept and so true as I sat today in a meeting at work and I am 1 of 2 bilinguals in a group of 15 people and we are an international company. Support bilingualism!

There is also a great discussion at the end of the article that you can click on. The discussion board is entitled English is Global, So Why Learn Arabic?