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Description:


This session explores the critical role that scaffolding plays in supporting proficiency development for beginning learners and demonstrates a wide variety of practical strategies for scaffolding various components of proficiency (including cognition, disciplinary content, and language across the 3 modes of communication).

Content & Purpose:


World language educators face many challenges, including conducting class in the target language, using culturally authentic texts, involving learners in exploring disciplinary content in the target language, engaging learners with technology, and encouraging learners to use the target language in the community for authentic, real world purposes. Many teachers feel that it is impossible for beginning learners to do these things in the target language. The purpose of this session is to demonstrate how scaffolding can be used as a tool to successfully address each of these challenges.

The session will define scaffolding, highlight key misconceptions about scaffolding, and demonstrate a wide variety of practical strategies for scaffolding various components of proficiency (including language across the three modes of communication, disciplinary content, and cognition). The session will also propose strategies for scaffolding learning spaces, classroom community, and technology.

Can Do Statements:


1) I can identify levels of proficiency.

2) I can define scaffolding and explain why it is important in language learning.

3) I can support students in extracting and interpreting information from culturally authentic texts.

4) I can support students in exchanging information, ideas, and opinions in the interpersonal mode.

5) I can support students in sharing information in the presentational mode.