Supporting Multiple Language Learners

Posted by Philadelphia Youth Network on January 12, 2015

Supporting Multiple Language Learners

March 11, 2015 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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One in five residents in Philadelphia speaks a language other than English at home. Youth learning English as a second language often face challenges at school, and need extra tutoring and academic support to stay on track. Many of these young people are the unfortunate victims of bullying by other students, and even cultural misunderstandings by well-meaning adults. After school is a safe space where English language learners can receive the additional supports and confidence they need to succeed in school and beyond. This session will cover tools and strategies for out-of-school educators with English Language Learners in their programs. After going over the basics of how bilingual youth learn, we will discuss specific activities all staff can use to help these youth, and tips for building an environment inclusive of all cultures. Participants should come prepared to interact and network with colleagues. Whether you work with youth in school, after school or other community-based setting, this session is for you.

About the Presenter:
Jennifer Kobrin has taught ESL to adults and youth in Philadelphia, Costa Rica, and Harlem. She has an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Department of Educational Linguistics, and is currently Associate Director at the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy. Prior to joining the Commission, Jennifer was Senior Director at Foundations, Inc., where she designed professional development and technical assistance for urban and rural schools nationally, and served as content specialist for You4Youth, a U.S. Department of Education initiative for 21st Century Community Learning Centers and other Expanded Learning Programs. While at Foundations, Jennifer focused on developing tools and resources for out-of-school educators of English Language Learners. She currently resides in Philadelphia, but has lived in Spain, Costa Rica, and El Salvador.

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