Students are led to produce texts (written, spoken, visual, musical, or combinations in multimodal form) in which their identity is reflected in a positive light. Students invest their identities in these texts, and when they share the texts with multiple audiences (peers, teachers, sister classes etc) they are likely to receive positive feedback and develop their self-confidence when interacting with these audiences. This approach can be implemented in the Language of schooling / Students’ first language, mother tongue, second language, third language.
Level(s) of implementation: classroom school
Area: Language resources at school Attitudes towards languages
Age group targeted: 7-18
Language(s) of the promising practice: English
Tools and resources necessary to implement the idea:
Paper, scissors, crayons
Easy to implement across all subjects. Parents and local media can be involved in the project.
TIPS to better implement the promising practice:
When planning lessons, teachers should routinely screen subject materials for language which students need to know and steer them around language they don’t need to know to ensure migrant students’ efforts in vocabulary learning are focussed and maximised.
Link: www.luc.edu (Cohen-Identity Texts)