In 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives recognized April as the National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month. Bilingual and multilingual learners are one of the fastest growing student populations in U.S. schools. The number of English learners (ELs) grew 28.1% between the 2000–2001 and the 2016–2017 school years. Currently, ELs represent 9.1% of all K–12 students in the United States.
How can school districts and/or individual teachers celebrate Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month? Names are a great place to start, because they are a huge part of a person’s personal and cultural identity, in particular for students who have immigrated to the United States. Here are four activity ideas for teachers to engage their students in the celebration, beginning with names. Continue reading