Supporting Multilingual Learners: Asset-Based Approaches, Grades K-12

Course Description

This course will provide educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to leverage the strengths and resources that multilingual learners bring to the classroom to develop advanced literacies and discipline area learning. The course addresses asset-focused perspectives on culture and language. Educators embrace and celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of multilingual learners and learn how to leverage this diversity as a resource for learning.

Educators will learn strategies to promote language development and acquisition in multilingual learners. In addition, the course will examine the role of the teacher in cultivating advanced literacies and discipline area learning. Educators will learn how to design and implement culturally responsive assessments and feedback that are culturally responsive.

Throughout the course, educators reflect on their teaching practices and develop a plan for incorporating asset-based approaches into their teaching of multilingual learners. The goal of the course is to empower educators to become confident and competent teachers fully prepared to help their multilingual learners flourish.

Essential Questions

  • How can educators leverage the cultural and linguistic assets multilingual learners bring to the classroom?
  • What is the relationship between language acquisition and advanced literacies?
  • What strategies cultivate discipline area learning for multilingual learners?
  • What role do culturally responsive assessment and feedback play in providing equitable learning opportunities for multilingual learners?
Course Agenda

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Asset-Focused Perspectives on Culture, Language, and Learning
  3. Language Development and Acquisition through Advanced Literacies
  4. Strategies that Cultivate Discipline-Area Learning
  5. Culturally Responsive Assessment and Feedback
  6. Course Wrap Up
Course Syllabus


Danielson Teacher Framework Course Alignment


Demonstrating Knowledge of Content & Pedagogy


Managing Classroom Procedures


Communicating with Students


Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques