We often get asked by families if they should continue to use their children’s native languages with them at home. As this video demonstrates, there are many benefits of bilingualism, including enhanced cognitive development and better communication skills. There are many misconceptions out there regarding bilingualism. Here is a great resource that discusses the myths and facts surrounding bilingualism.
The international organization TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) has identified 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners. The 6 Principles highlight aspects of curriculum planning, delivery, and evaluation that establish an environment that benefits ELs’ English acquisition.
In the EL field, we distinguish between social language (BICS) and academic language (CALP). Students typically acquire social language much sooner than academic language. See here for more information on the differences between these two types of language. For more ideas on how to scaffold and develop your ELs’ academic language, see here.