LEARNING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF
DIVERSE LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN
The transient and diverse nature of international schools presents
challenges for families and students who have a stake in learning a
specific Language. For families and students who have invested time and
effort toward mastery of an additional language, their choice often boils
down to abandoning that language or finding a way to learning it outside
of school. Additionally, language choices often have serious implications
for students and families who are living away from their home countries
but planning to return in the future. Limited language choices is a
problem for many of our families and students.
Last year, our Middle School Language teacher Andrea Reinsmoen
designed a prototype to meet the needs of Middle School students who
needed a way to continue learning the languages they had been learning.
Three students volunteered to participate in the first Modern Language
Prototype. The year-long prototype ran in parallel with the Middle School
Spanish Course that Ms. Reinsmoen was teaching. This prototype
included the following elements:
A personalized weekly learning plan matched to their learning
styles and needs.
Introduction to the skills needed to support their independent
Learning resources to support their learning.