The Supporting English Language Learners website from the Alberta Government has recently added some new content! Within the "Programming Information" section there are now two new resources: “Encouraging the Use of Home Languages” and “Understanding the Acquisition of English as an Additional Language.”
Encouraging the Use of Home Languages helps teachers understand the important role home language plays in supporting the acquisition of English and the overall academic success of students who are English language learners. The content suggests ways in which teachers can encourage families to maintain their home language(s) and meaningfully incorporate home languages in the classroom.
Understanding the Acquisition of English as an Additional Language provides information and insights into the process of learning English as an additional language and the factors that can affect language acquisition. This information helps teachers provide a supportive learning environment for English language learners and helps teachers select and use instructional strategies appropriate to each student’s language learning needs.
I particularly found the self-reflection charts useful in evaluating my current practices and planning areas for growth.