What does language-sensitive teaching and learning involve?
All teachers, whatever their subject and the age of their learners, have a responsibility to support them in further developing their language and literacy competences so that, over time, they become fully able to use language(s) effectively for different purposes, both in their learning and in life. Thus language-sensitive teaching involves helping each individual learner to use language(s) more and more effectively in their learning and to become progressively more aware of how languages can be used for different purposes in the wider world. This means that teachers must consider the language repertoires and language needs of their learners, the language demands of different subjects (including the materials and tasks used) and the ways in which they themselves use language in their teaching. By doing so, teachers will be able to support each of their learners with the language-related aspects of learning, across different language varieties and different languages.