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A Metalinguistic Toolkit for DLE Educators

In this session, we will define metalinguistic awareness and translanguaging and learn how to explicitly teach metalinguistic awareness to students. We will delve deeply into writing language objectives, particularly focusing on language features, and discuss the cross linguistic connections that can be made with these. Finally, we will briefly learn about strategies that explicitly develop language for students in bilingual and dual language programs, including Academic Conversations (Jeff Zwiers), The Bridge (Teaching for Biliteracy), Asi se dice (Literacy Squared), Dictado (Teaching for Biliteracy and Literacy Squared) and Visible Thinking (Project Zero). Sample lesson plans and videos of students engaged in explicit metalinguistic awareness instruction will be shared during this session.  While this professional development opportunity is geared towards the elementary level, the strategies could be modified for dual language learners at any grade. 

Audience: For teachers and coaches in Dual Language Education programs.  The language of instruction is English.

National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation Standards (NDLETPS) Standard 3 Dual Language Instructional Practices and Pedagogy

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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