This capstone project was guided by the following research question: How can we develop a pedagogy for emerging bilingual EFL students that leverages their full linguistic potential? The research question was identified in response to the shortcomings of an English immersion program that was not promoting the full linguistic potential of its bilingual students. This paper pursues solutions to this problem through a multidisciplinary literature review designed to explore the benefits of bilingualism, how to increase language awareness among students, as well as the explicit use of students’ L1 to learn a L2. Topics explored in the literature review include bilingualism, second language acquisition, critical language awareness, and plurilingualism. A professional development program (PD) with Google Slides and a script is included with the paper. The PD program is designed to provide educators with the theoretical background and the pedagogical approaches that will allow them to pivot towards plurilingualism, thus allowing them to better serve their bilingual students. While the focus of this capstone project is on an EFL context, the content of the literature review and the PD is also relevant for teachers working in EL and bilingual settings.
ESL/ ELLs, International Teaching, Staff Development
Kersey, Charlie, "A Plurilingual Approach for Secondary EFL Students in Panama" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 983.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects