From Additive Bilingualism to Multilingualism: Supporting Home Languages AND Academic English Jon Nordmeyer by Jon Nordmeyer

International schools are fortunate to include students from many language backgrounds and all students deserve the opportunity to develop their multilingual and multicultural identities.

Proficiency in more than one language should be valued as an academic, social, economic and cognitive asset.

In this session, participants will explore opportunities for building on students’ home languages to support their English language development, and will take away specific tools for developing multilingualism within the EAL classroom.

Jon Nordmeyer

Jon Nordmeyer is the International Programs Director at WIDA, a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jon believes that an asset-based approach to professional collaboration can both ignite student learning and fuel teacher growth. He has been an international educator and consultant for 25 years, teaching at international schools in Quito, The Hague, Taipei, Istanbul, Shanghai and Bangkok. He has taught graduate seminars at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tibet University, and has been a regular presenter at regional international conferences including ACAMIS, AISA, AASSA, CEESA, EARCOS, ECIS, ELLSA, NESA and MAIS.

Jon has written articles for International Schools Journal and Journal of Staff Development, contributed chapters to Co-teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in the EFL/ESL Classroom and Breaking the Mold: Classroom Management, and, co-edited the book Integrating Language and Content (TESOL 2010).  He serves on the editorial review board of Globally Informed, a peer-reviewed journal for international educators.

Jon holds a BA in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College and MA in TESOL from School for International Training. He is pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Additional Info

  • Timetable: Saturday, Session 4, 09:30-10:55 Helena III