Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast

        A nonprofit organization for educators, families, and policy makers

          (formerly known as Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education)                 

Incorporating Cooperative Learning in Dual Language/Immersion Education

Facilitator: Vivian Tam, Dual Language and Multilingual Education Consultant

DATE: Friday, August 16, 2019

Language learning requires interaction. Learners learn best if their learning environments enable them to use language to explore, to seek meanings, to satisfy curiosities, to express their thoughts, to listen to different perspectives, and to validate others. Cooperative learning, an effective strategy for classroom instruction and especially for language learners, is a motivational approach to facilitating classroom interactions into rigorous academic and social learning experiences. It differs from group work, and it has been described as “structuring positive interdependence.” With intentional arrangements, learners must work in groups to complete tasks collectively toward sustaining academic goals. Effective cooperative learning strategies lend themselves well to an integration of modalities. When students work together cooperatively, they speak and listen to each other, they ask critical questions and become thought partners in coming up with solutions and suggestions (speaking/listening.) They are frequently engaged in analyzing and understanding information from variety of sources (reading). They take notes so that they could remember information and evidences to later apply and evaluate their understanding in writing. They pull together their ideas (writing) to present to various audiences (speaking/listening/reading/writing.)

By the end of this session, participants will be able to bring home a list of research-based strategies and refreshing ideas to integrate immediately in classrooms with students and use as a guide for evaluating effective two-way immersion facilitation. To achieve better coordination and best results in dual language learning, although it is not required, partner teachers who teach the same group of students are encouraged to participate this workshop together.

AudiencePK-12 DLE coach, teacher, paraprofessional

Registration fee: $460 MABE Members, $505 General Admission

Time: 1 Full Day, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Framingham, MA

Certificate of PDP’s will be awarded.

Vivian Tam is a dual language and multilingual education consultant. Over the past 15 years, Vivian has been a teacher, dual language coach, dual language coordinator, dual language principal, district administrator, and dual language parent. Vivian currently serves on the MABENE board. In addition to English, Vivian is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese.

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