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Dual language education Oracy Strategies: Academic Conversations and Visible Thinking Routines

This course is designed to share two strategies to explicitly teach oracy in dual language classrooms.  Participant's will be introduced to Academic Conversations (Jeff Zweir) and Visible Thinking Routines (Harvard's Project Zero) and discuss how to modify them for the dual language classroom. We will review the different components of Zweir’s academic conversations through video examples in Spanish and English.  We will discuss a timeline for implementation and modifications for different elementary grade levels.  We will review the possibilities available in the Visible Thinking Toolkit and see examples of the toolkit in practice.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice academic conversation skills - paraphrasing/summarizing, elaborating/clarifying, building on/challenging, supporting, and applying/connecting - and several visible thinking routines while studying these strategies. We will write language objectives for lessons teaching students the skills necessary to engage in both of these oracy strategies.  Participants will leave with strategies for building oracy in their dual language classroom as well as how to write language objectives aligned with this instruction for their classroom setting.

Audience: For teachers and coaches in Dual Language Education programs.  

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education Strand 3 Instruction, Principle 2, Instructional strategies support the attainment of the three core goals of dual language education; Key Point G Teachers use a variety of strategies to ensure equitable participation among all students and Principle 4 Instruction is student-centered, Key Point B teachers create meaningful opportunities for sustained language use.

National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation Standards (NDLETPS) Standard 3 Dual Language Instructional Practices and Pedagogy; 3.2 Standards-based Instruction, 3.2.b The candidate demonstrates lesson delivery that incorporates a variety of grouping strategies to promote students' active engagement and to provide sufficient opportunities to practice all four language modalities.

MA Bilingual Education Endorsement SMK 4 Implementation of strategies for coordinating non-English partner language instruction and English language development for English learners

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