• Session One: Exploring My Culture and ELs Strengths
  • Session Two: Developing Understandings of Culture--Mine and My ELs
  • Session Three: Considering ELs as a Resource in My Teaching
  • Session Four: Developing Knowledge of Assets and Legal Obligations
  • Session Five: Attending to Standards and Classifications with WIDA
  • Session Six: Positioning ELs within the School Game
  • Session Seven: Promoting ELs Learning through My Learning
  • Session Eight: Celebrating and Presenting My Learning
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  • LA 2.2: Building Vocabulary About Culture

    Using Your Personal Vocabulary Bank


    Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

    Interpret the historical context of diversity and discrimination and evaluate how it impacts current practices. Understand and apply knowledge of how cultural identities impact language learning and school success by creating an environment that is inclusive of all students.

    Assessment: 25 pts.

    TA: 25 Minutes

    Teachers can use new vocabulary related to ESL pedagogy in meaningful and relevant ways in a group discussion.

    Students have shared what they believe to be aspects of their own culture with classmates. They have also read the articles on culture and created their interactive glossaries.  They are now prepared to participate in a group discussion using new vocabulary.


    1. Each group will review together the terms each identified in HW 1. 3. Each person will have a digital copy with them.  

    2. You should have an Interactive Glossary Score Card to keep track of your use of the vocabulary words as you engage in a discussion of the homework readings and your observations in LA 2.1.

    3. Your group will now be given 10 minutes to discuss what you learned about culture from LA 2.1--the previous learning activity and your homework readings from HW 1.3. 

    4. A designated person at each table will keep a record of the vocabulary terms used. A single word can receive a score a maximum of three times. In addition, to be scored, words must be used correctly in a sentence.   

    5. The facilitator will lead a whole class discussion asking for thoughts/ideas from the tables.   

    6. The score card will be kept for future discussions during this session.

    This content is provided to you freely by BYU Open Learning Network.

    Access it online or download it at https://open.byu.edu/bilingual_education/la_2.2.