Being an Advocate for Bilingual Students

Teaching Bilinguals (Even If You’re Not One)

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  1. How does Ms. Conte use students’ backgrounds as resources in their learning?  Give two additional ideas to implement.
  2. How does reading books featuring multicultural/multilingual characters create a culture of inclusion? Have you participated in this practice in the classroom, as a student, a teacher, or an observer?  Describe your experience.
  3. How can English speakers profit from exposure to bilingual books?
  4. Conte, being monolingual, was uncomfortable about her students speaking in languages she didn’t understand. She felt that she would lose control of the classroom.  What did she find out?  What are your thoughts about not controlling everything that goes on in the classroom?

Video 3: Bilingual Superpowers

  1. What are benefits of graphic novels?
  2. Describe the process Ms. Ballantyne-Berry uses with her graphic novel assignment.
  3. How does Ms. Ballantyne-Berry use students’ language repertoire as a resource?

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