8) Are there additional strategies I can use to support my Multilingual Learners’ English language development (ELD)?
Multilingual Learners (MLs) often need additional targeted support to help develop English language skills, particularly those who have minimal exposure to English.42 There are many things you can do that include both verbal and non-verbal strategies. Such strategies are important to include in daily teaching because ML children often know things in their home language that they may not yet be able to understand or express in English. Providing non-linguistic cues and specific social-emotional supports can provide a bridge to help them access what they already know in their home language.43 To help support their oral language and literacy development in English, use the following strategies along with the others in this Toolkit (for example, use visual cues as described below when supporting vocabulary instruction as described in Question 4).
Individual strategies across the different instructional topics are interconnected and should be implemented together, in a purposeful and connected manner throughout instruction, and not in isolation. Make sure to also consider your classroom or school’s language model when implementing the strategies and adapt accordingly.