Placing students in multilingual groupings will give them an opportunity to express themselves in the target language while allowing for home language supports.


Place students in triads: one student who is strong in the target language, the emergent bilingual is stronger in the home language and a third who has a fair balance of both. This grouping will give the emergent bilingual student an opportunity to practice the target language while giving them access to the home language when needed.

Further Reading:

CUNY NYSIEB – Translanguaging in Curriculum and Instruction

Rubino – Approaches to Multilingual Talk (2014)

Pulick – Tips for Teaching Conversation in the Multilingual ESL Classroom (2004)

Created by Maria Cioe-Pena
Reviewed by Louis Olander

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