English Language Learners and Meaningful Student Involvement

2013LearningthruMSIEnglish language learners benefit from many aspects of Meaningful Student Involvement.

Focused on building academic proficiency in English and personalization, Meaningful Student Involvement encourages schools not to set arbitrary, one-size-fits-all timelines that do not take into account the learning needs of individual English language learners. Focusing on encouraging students and adults throughout education to embrace diversity in a practical way, English language learning infuses reading, writing, speaking, and cultural understanding throughout regular classrooms and educational programs. It does this on every educational level, as well as working on district and state administrative levels. Engaging students as partners encourages schools to embrace specific languages by fostering new generations of speakers, as well.

Infused in classroom learning, Meaningful Student Involvement positions student voice into a primary position for English language learners. Encouraging student investment in learning, teaching and leadership, Student/Adult Partnerships can foster community identity and adaptation by students (Norton, 2001). Becoming active owners of their learning, Meaningful Student Involvement moves students towards owning schools and the education system as a whole. When students actually use the language and produce it in this context, they are using their learning to to make schools a better place, improving democracy and community and education along the way.

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