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Kids Come in All Languages

Kids Come in All Languages
Visible Learning for Multilingual Learners

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May 2023 | 128 pages | Corwin

Everything you need to create a high-trust, high-achieving learning environment for multilingual students

We have never known more than we do now about teaching multilingual students — nevertheless, we teeter on the edge of retreating to old-think practices. The next generation depends upon our getting this right, and this spare, salient guide helps ensure we do.

Kids Come in All Languages provides teachers and leaders with all they need to design high-quality curriculum to support multilingual learners. With this book, learn to:

  • Create a low-anxiety, high-expectation classroom climate that gives multilingual students access to engaging grade-level content
  • Plan clear, cohesive lessons and tasks that motivate students to produce language, use critical thinking skills, and access complex texts
  • Offer ample time for student-led talk that ramps up knowledge and amps up a sense of belonging
  • Use heterogeneous, flexible grouping so children acquiring English don’t stall out in fixed-mindset, below-grade level groups
  • And much more

Teachers act like tributaries, helping learners access a wider stream of knowledge, and catch the swift current of wanting to learn. It’s time to envision this expansiveness for multilingual students. It’s time to design learning experiences with optimism for their futures.

Using the Visible Learning data base to focus specifically on teaching multilingual learners, the authors provide a practical resource for teachers that is grounded in research. This book is chock full of 'use-tomorrow' ideas that teachers will find invaluable.

Jana Echevarria
Professor Emerita, CSU Long Beach

Kids Come in All Languages—the title alone speaks volumes and sends chills through my body. We are in the progressive era where instruction, literacy practices, and pedagogy should be transformative. This groundbreaking text is one that is needed, one that is one that will become a highlight in the education field, no doubt.

Darius Phelps
Adjunct Literacy Instructor, Poet, and Classroom Teacher, Teachers College, Columbia University, CUNY Queens/Hunter College

"I really enjoyed this Visible Learning Book. The authors did a great job of looking at the ways we serve and support multilingual learners through components of climate, challenge, clarity, cohesion, and checks into learning. The content is easily digestible, and the graphics are supportive of the content. Great book!" 

Carly Spina
Multilingual Education Specialist, Author, Illinois Resource Center

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