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What is CTE? Importance to MLs SupportEd’s approach

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offer a promising pathway for preparing MLs for postsecondary education and careers. MLs enrolled in CTE programs experience increased high school graduation rates and gain access to careers with growth potential in high-demand industries (Office of English Language Acquisition, 2022). Additionally, it can often be challenging for MLs to fit into the “typical” mold of fluent English-speaking students going on to college, and CTE programs can often resonate with MLs and uniquely motivate them. 

CTE educators take a hands-on approach to learning that tends to be concrete and provides immediate relevance for MLs. These programs also provide regular opportunities for productive talk in which students are working together to solve a problem or create something, making these classrooms an ideal place to learn and practice language. These features of CTE classrooms can have a positive impact on language acquisition and should be leveraged. By adding scaffolds to instruction, schools and educators can help MLs in CTE programs reach their full potential.  

SupportEd grounds their work with MLs in CTE programs around five practical strategy recommendations for embedding targeted scaffolds into CTE curricula and instruction. These recommendations include peer learning, vocabulary development, writing support, academic language mini-lessons, and exam preparation.  To learn more about engaging MLs in CTE programs, see our article series Supporting Multilingual Learners’ Participation in Secondary Career and Technical Education Programs 

Printables Printables

Categories of Scaffolds and Examples


CTE Action Plan

Planning Document

Four Practices for Fostering MLs’ Oral Language Development

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Making Text Accessible to MLs


Scaffolded Lesson Planning



Supporting MLs’ Oral Language Development


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Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible

In this eagerly anticipated revision of their bestselling book, authors Diane Staehr Fenner, Sydney Snyder, and Meghan Gregoire-Smith share dynamic, research-backed strategies that every educator of multilingual learners (MLs) can add to their repertoire. 

Self-Paced Learning Self-Paced Learning

Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible

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Scaffolding Content Instruction for Multilingual Learners

Online Course


Strategies for Making Content Accessible to Multilingual Learners

Online Course

Self-paced Collaborative Course from SupportEd supports scaffolding instruction, academic language, and oral language development: Strategies for Making Content Accessible for ELs