“As diversity grows … so must we!” (Howard, 2007)
THE POWER OF MULTILINGUAL TEACHING
Multilingual teaching has been called the “go to” pedagogy of the 21st century. It has also been referred to as a “critical movement in education”. This presentation offers an extended, “all in” portayal of multilingual teaching. It presents multilingual teaching as a pedagogy for all learners in language-rich classrooms, not only those with little or no proficiency in the school language. It includes an overview of research support, the social focus of the teaching agenda, the main teaching strategy and the benefits enjoyed by members of the entire school or classroom community: learners (monolingual, bilingual and multilingual), teachers and families. Examples of multilingual teaching using an instructional tool called Lingusitically Appropriate Practice in various learning contexts in more than ten countries will be used to illustrate the effectiveness, success and the power of multilingual teaching.
Dr. Roma Chumak-Horbatsch, Associate Professor (School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada) teaches courses in language development and childhood bilingualism. With a background in applied linguistics and early language and literacy development, her research focuses on learning and teaching in linguistically diverse education contexts. Her two guidebooks entitled Linguistically Appropriate Practice (Chumak-Horbatsch 2012, 2019) and the videos on her YouTube channel (Teaching in Language-Rich Classrooms) are used in more than ten countries. These resources help teachers review their instructional practice, move away from monolingual practice, take the “multilingual turn”, adopt multilingual pedagogy across the curriculum and create spaces that ensure the participation and engagement of all learners, not only those who are learning the school language. Dr. Chumak-Horbatsch is currently preparing a new multilingual teaching resource for teacher.