WIDA resources and research: October 2021

To support multilingual students and educators, WIDA provides resources and research on a range of topics. See what’s new, review what you might have missed, or have a sneak peek at what is coming soon.

New Resources and Research

New WIDA Focus Bulletin on Multiliteracies
The WIDA Español team has written a new Focus Bulletin that investigates how educators of bi/multilingual learners can leverage multiliteracies for instruction. It includes various perspectives from experts in the field to illustrate the role of multiliteracies, as well as tools for reflection and implementation in the bilingual classroom. The bulletin is available in English y en español:

Leveraging incidental and intentional vocabulary learning to support multilingual students’ participation in disciplinary practices and discourses

In this article, published in TESOL Journal, WIDA researchers Daniella Molle and Rita MacDonald, along with Luciana C. de Oliveira and Anshika Bhasin, discuss the role of vocabulary learning in supporting multilingual learners’ participation in disciplinary practices and discourses in K–12, content-area classrooms. First, the authors discuss the strengths and limitations of incidental and intentional vocabulary learning. They then propose a new approach to vocabulary instruction, in particular, and disciplinary language development in general: embedded teaching.

Read the article abstract at no cost.

In Case You Missed It

WIDA resources for the new school year
Use this collection of recommended WIDA resources to help you with the new school year.

Advancing ALTELLA publishes new brief on using AAC devices
A new Advancing ALTELLA brief provides considerations for educators on how to help multilingual learners with significant cognitive disabilities use augmentative and alternative communication(AAC) devices.

Resources and learning opportunities from WIDA Early Years
Learn about a new webpage, free educator tools and fall webinars from the WIDA Early Years program in this new resources article.

WIDA ELD Standards Framework in the field
In the most recent issue of MinneTESOL Journal, an excellent collection of pieces focuses on a variety of aspects and contexts of English language teaching and learning. In Making Language Visible in Content Area Classrooms Using the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, Ruslana Westerlund and Sharon Besser share a new exploration of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework. In the article Putting Discourse First framework developers Cynthia Lundgren and Lynn Shafer Willner delve into how WIDA’s approach to discourse adds more tools to students’ language development toolboxes.

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