Teachers must develop pedagogical practices to meet the needs of the growing number of multilingual learners in K-12 classrooms. Our research study analyzed ways that teachers can implement pedagogical strategies that are culturally responsive to multilingual learners. Our inquiry-based project utilized peer-reviewed journal articles, classroom observations, and an interview with a language specialist. Thematic analysis revealed benefits to culturally responsive instructional practices in the classroom that lead to the academic success of multilingual learners. These practices included teacher attitudes, translanguaging, and thinking routines to assist in English language acquisition. The research we conducted will be helpful both in educational settings and beyond, as individuals encounter multilingual learners in various contexts.
Shanks, L., & Weakland, M. (2022). Culturally responsive strategies to support multilingual learners. James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal. 10(4), 40-50. http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/jmurj/vol10/iss1/4