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Second Language Development and Assessment of Oral Language
Learning to speak in a second language is often judged to be the most vital of the language skills. Oral language development is a precursor to and directly relates to literacy development, and is crucial for success in learning to be literate. This is especially true in second language acquisition as students learn to leverage their bilingualism. For dual language learners, speaking is often the least developed of students’ skills and their inability to adequately express themselves can have a negative impact on both their confidence and academic success. Authentic and frequent academic oral discourse opportunities, oral assessment administration and the provision of actionable feedback assists students in becoming successful speakers of a second language. Capturing and analyzing students’ oral academic language is a crucial component to supporting their second language development and serves as valuable formative and summative assessments.
Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) for Dual Language Learners
This professional development session will identify key multi-tier systems of support for Dual Language Leaners, who have a disability or are suspected of having a disability. What are some effective and equitable best practices and interventions for culturally and linguistically diverse learners? Discussion and activities will focus on creating a continuum of appropriate supports for these students within a solution-seeking collaborative team approach from the perspective of a bilingual speech and language pathologist and second language acquisition specialist.
Connections Between Phonemic Awareness and Articulation Disorder
This interactive presentation explores challenges and strategies in addressing and developing phonological and phonemic awareness in bilingual students with articulation disorders through a comprehensive review of basic auditory processing skills and sensory integration. Participants will use real cases to discuss challenges and strategies that lead student succeed by improving reading skills and increasing their level of comprehension.