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What is oral language development? Importance to MLs SupportEd’s approach

Oral language practices are the building of multilingual learners’ (MLs’) speaking and listening skills to engage in academic discussions. MLs need structured peer learning opportunities that promote authentic talk using meaningful and robust language through open-ended prompts to build those oral language skills.

Peer learning provides MLs with opportunities to hear and practice discipline-specific language that supports their language acquisition, learning of academic language, and literacy development. In particular, MLs need the repetition and recycling of language that occurs during peer-to-peer discussions as ideas are explained and analyzed to enhance their learning and retention of new content.

Four key practices support MLs in developing skills needed for structured peer learning. These four practices include:

  1. Come to the discussion prepared
  2. Be aware of nonverbal communication
  3. Participate by taking turns
  4. Make connections.

SupportEd provides various solutions and practical tools to help build your understanding of these key practices. For a more detailed understanding of leveraging peer learning to foster MLs’ oral language and content understanding, check out chapter 4 of Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential.

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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. Including more of what educators loved from the first edition—authentic classroom examples, a wide variety of research-based instructional strategies, and practical tools to implement across grade levels and content areas—this is the ultimate practical guide to unlocking the potential of MLs in K-12 classrooms.

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Peer Learning: Fostering MLs’ Oral Language Development and Content Understanding Peer Learning: Fostering MLs’ Oral Language Development and Content Understanding

This webinar deep dives into fostering Multilingual Learners’ oral language and content understanding. In this webinar, we will:
• Discuss why peer learning opportunities are essential to MLs’ development of oral language and understanding of content.
• Explore four key practices for fostering MLs’ engagement and participation in peer learning activities.
• Apply peer learning tools and strategies to your work with MLs in your context.
• Gain access to a Padlet of free tools and resources.

Presenter: Diane Staehr Fenner

Supporting ELs' Oral Language Development Supporting ELs' Oral Language Development

This engaging webinar dives into topics such as why oral language activities are beneficial to MLs, practices for supporting MLs’ engagement and participation in academic conversations, and different types of oral language activities that you can implement in your classroom with guest co-host and ML expert, Emily Francis.

Presenters: Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD, Emily Francis, and Jill Kester

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