Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast

A nonprofit organization for  educators, families, and policy makers

(formerly known as Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education)

Metalinguistic Awareness Toolkit

Facilitated by Elissa Washburn, ESL/DLE Teacher, Barbeiri Elementary School, Framingham, MA

Date: TBD

Participants will develop their teacher toolkit of metalinguistic awareness strategies for bilingual and dual language students.   Language development in bilingual programs must make explicit connections between students' two languages and cultures. Learning in two languages must incorporate the similarities and differences in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in both languages.   Strategies that will be introduced in this one-day session include:  Academic Conversations (Jeff Zwiers), Bridging (Teaching for Biliteracy) Asi se dice (Literacy Squared) and Visible Thinking (Project Zero).  Sample lesson plans and videos of students engaged in these strategies will be shared during this session.  While this professional development opportunity is geared towards Spanish and English at the elementary level, the strategies would be useful with any two languages and could be modified for dual language learners at any grade.

Audience: PK-12 teachers in dual language programs

Registration Fee: $235 MABE Members, $280 General (non-members)

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snack
  • Maximum Capacity: 30 Participants
  • Registration April 1 - June 15, 2018

Time: 1 Full Day, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack

Location: TBD

Certificate of PDP’s will be awarded.

Elissa Washburn is a third grade ESL teacher at the dual language school, Barbieri Elementary.  She taught as the Spanish component teacher in second and third grades for five years and has now been teaching ESL for three years.

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