How Language is Developed

language development with students together

Learning Language

This vlog shows my personal definitions for language, language learning, and language teaching.

I have included examples from teaching multilingual learners in Hainan, China.

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Compartmentalizing the working definitions helps teachers to think creatively and articulate meaning in a way that is helpful when designing lessons for students.

Designing lessons for English language learners requires a focus on previous knowledge and experience, mother tongue language, and additional languages to create meaningful connections for the learning experience. The role of the teacher in a multilingual classroom is to provide opportunities for scaffolding as it is not only helpful but essential in culturally responsive teaching. Assessing the language learner becomes more focused when you have focused lessons designed around these three definitions.

Further Reading

Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

Using Multilingual Approaches: Moving from Theory to Practice

Below the Tip of the Iceberg

Promoting Bilingual Approaches in Teaching and Learning

The Importance of Your Mother Tongue

Global Campaign for Education Policy Brief

Learning a Second Language? Develop your Mother-Tongue

Raising Children Multilingual

The SIOP Model

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Teaching with the SIOP Model

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Educator and published author of conflict management and children's books. Living life to its fullest. I believe in courageously honouring my truth and living my legacy. Lover of meaningful conversations, coffee, food, art, and building connections. I love writing about my fascination with culture, food, adventure, self-love, and living a healthy and fulfilled life!

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    1. suzannemarie – Canada – Educator and published author of conflict management and children's books. Living life to its fullest. I believe in courageously honouring my truth and living my legacy. Lover of meaningful conversations, coffee, food, art, and building connections. I love writing about my fascination with culture, food, adventure, self-love, and living a healthy and fulfilled life!
      suzannemarie says:

      Hey Keran! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. s.

    1. suzannemarie – Canada – Educator and published author of conflict management and children's books. Living life to its fullest. I believe in courageously honouring my truth and living my legacy. Lover of meaningful conversations, coffee, food, art, and building connections. I love writing about my fascination with culture, food, adventure, self-love, and living a healthy and fulfilled life!
      suzannemarie says:

      Thank you Murphy! Thank you for stopping by and encouraging me. Take care, s.

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